A Mother’s Ordeal

This morning I finished reading A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight Against China’s One-Child Policy by Steven W. Mosher.  It’s been on my reading list for awhile.  It tells the story of a woman in China who lives through many aspects of the One-Child Policy.  She is forced to have an abortion when she becomes pregnant, but doesn’t have a quota.  Later, as a nurse, she becomes a One-Child Policy enforcer, when she becomes a family planner and abortionist for her company.  Finally, in America, she accidentally becomes pregnant and defies the policy, which still applies although she is living overseas.  She and her husband seek asylum in the U.S. in order to escape persecution for themselves and their new family.  It’s a pretty shocking book, but I thought pretty important, given the fact that our own family is about to grow, perhaps as a result of this policy.  Infant abandonment is not addressed, but other related issues are. 

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4 Responses

  1. I guess it’s probably been you that has sparked my interest in many Chinese policies. I just cannot imagine the pain a person must go through giving up her child because it is a law!
    While I understand the culture’s slant towards male children how can a mother see her little newborn girl and know she cannot keep her or feel life moving within her and know she must have an abortion and all the emtional turmoil that may result for this.
    The pain and loss of one family, however, becomes the happiness and gain of another.

  2. This sounds like another “must read.” Thanks for the heads up.

  3. never heard of this book
    but it sounds interesting
    I’ll definitely read it.

  4. Too bad that there wasn’t a condensed version of this story that you could hand out to all the people who say to you- ‘I just don’t understand how the mothers could do that to their babies’.

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