Couple in China Harassed After Forced Abortion
Banner calls family 'traitors'; husband in hiding
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 26, 2012 4:40 PM CDT
Feng Jianmei and her husband have been tormented by locals following a forced late-term abortion.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The Chinese couple forced into a late-term abortion that prompted international anger over China's one-child policy have been facing relentless harassment for being "traitors"—abuse that has driven the husband into hiding, a family member tells the BBC. The 23-year-old wife, Feng Jianmei, is still in the hospital, and she tells the New York Times that she is "under a lot of pressure" and that guards won't let her leave.

Recounts the other family member to the BBC: "They hung banners on a bridge and many people came and shouted that we were traitors. Now wherever we go, people follow us." An image shows a local banner reading "beat the traitors, drive them from the town." Local officials apologized over the abortion, but the family fears they are tacitly encouraging the protesters. The husband was reportedly beaten while on his way to see a civil rights lawyer.

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Jun 27, 2012 7:27 AM CDT
Tell the guy to put on sunglasses and head to the US embassy.
Jun 26, 2012 11:00 PM CDT
If the government will not help you, then defend yourself. The next time the crowd threatens you or your family, kill them. Do what must be done. Do not hesitate. Show no mercy.
Jun 26, 2012 8:10 PM CDT
OH where to begin! First we have a couple who, after being forced to have an abortion, are in trouble with the town folk because somebody--probably having no connection to the family whatsoever--spilled the beans and exposed China's socialist barbarity to the whole planet (as if the planet didn't already know about China's forced abortions, scrapping of criminals for organ 'donations', death wagons, etc.). And to top it all off? The Chinese equivalent of piece de resistance? "The husband was reportedly beaten on his way to see a civil rights lawyer." Since when did China have 'civil rights lawyers'?