A 44-year-old pregnant woman in Wuhan, Hubei province has reportedly aborted her unborn child after her 13-year-old daughter threatened to commit suicide this past week.
Wuhan Evening News reports that the woman, surnamed Xiao, is a housewife and her husband runs a company. They both decided to have a second child after China relaxed its one-child policy, which now permits couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child.
“After Wen Wen [Xiao’s first child] learned about my pregnancy, she often said she would jump to her death from a building if we kept the baby,” said Xiao. “She threw things at home to vent her anger.”
Wen Wen later threatened to play hooky, run away from home, skip her senior high school entrance exam and even kill herself.
When Xiao saw cut marks on Wen Wen’s arm, she and her husband were on high alert. Afraid of losing their first daughter, Xiao, with the company of her husband, went to a hospital and ended her pregnancy after 13 weeks.
“It is normal for the only child to feel unhappy when parents want a second child,” Hu Hongtao, a doctor from Hankou Hospital, was quoted as saying in the news report.
“Parents should first communicate with the first child and assure him or her that even if they have another baby, they won’t love him or her less,” Hu added.
By Lucy Liu