Forced abortion blamed for mental illness

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Before the husband rushed to the hospital, he had told Zhou at the station that he would pay the fines to keep his child. But Zhou said it was too late.

Gong had no history of mental illness and an operation in 2004 to remove a brain tumor would not have triggered schizophrenia, Wu Yongyuan said. He blamed it on the forced abortion.

He said his wife had begun to scratch and bite. "She used to be so gentle that she'd never quarreled with me since we got married," Wu said.

Family members said Gong would feed her son raw beef, make him wear too many clothes and took pills as if they were rice. She is scared of people who look like officials and always thinks someone is looking for her, the report said.

Abortion is illegal for women more than seven months pregnant, including those who violate the one-child policy.

Local authorities haven't commented on Wu's claims but a family planning official in Anping said although induced labor was harmful to health they would still insist on it. Yi Zhongru, the township head, described it as obligation.

In June 2012, seven officials in northwest China's Shaanxi Province were punished for forcing a woman to end her pregnancy after seven months. The woman received 70,000 yuan (US$11,420) in an out-of-court settlement.

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