A 23-year old housewife who was seven months pregnant was reportedly forced to abort because she could not pay the penalty for violating China's "one-child" population control policy.
Daily Mail reports Feng Jianmel, the seven-month pregnant woman, told local media she was forcibly injected with an abortion inducing chemical to hasten the process.
Prior to her forced abortion, Jianmel said at least 20 personnel from the family planning department came to her home and placed her under arrest after previously telling authorities that she could not afford paying the fine of about 40,000-yuan ($6,320), according to her family
She was beaten after resisting the traumatic procedure. No one in her family was allowed inside including her father-in-law who rushed to the hospital to help her.
An officer of the National Population and Planning Office told Global Times on Wednesday they are verifying the report and said if it is true they will be punished severely.
"We're trying to get the whole story. If it's true, local family planning authorities will surely be punished severely," said the officer surnamed Qin. Punishment, if required, will be made according to local regulations.
Feng's husband Deng Jiyuan, who is originally from Mongolia, said authorities forced her wife to sign an agreement on the abortion.
The couple has a 6-year-old child and they are not entitled to a second child based on their economic situation and the "one-child" China policy.
According to Christian Post, the case surfaced after graphic images of the aborted child lying beside the mother was posted online which sparked outrage from viewers around the world.
Zhang Kai, a Christian lawyer who will help the victim on the case labeled the shocking case a "crime against humanity"
"I cannot accept this kind of blatant murder in the land we that we live in. To ignore it is, I think, is to be no different than the murder. This is a crime against humanity," Zhang added.