Xiao Aiying was just one month away from having her baby. But when Chinese officials learned that she and her husband, Luo Yanquan, already had a 10-year-old daughter, that changed.
According to London's Daily Mail, twelve government officials entered Xiao's house in the city of Siming and began hitting and kicking her in the stomach. They then dragged her to the hospital, where they restrained her and later administered a lethal drug that killed the unborn baby.
"They held her hands behind her back and pushed her head against the wall and kicked her in the stomach," Luo explained to the network Al Jazeera.
A day earlier, officials gave him 24 hours to come up with a plan. When he returned without one, that's when officials stormed the house, took Xiao away, and aborted the baby.
He said he tried to explain to officials the one-child policy is confusing, and he and his wife thought they were exempt. They weren't.
"That's a living baby," Luo said he told officials. "You can't just get rid of life." But they disagreed.
"Our ten-year-old daughter has been excited about having a little brother or sister but I don’t know how I can explain to her what has happened," he added.
An official with the Siming district family planning commission said Xiao's abortion was done voluntarily and that Luo had approved it. He denies the claim.
(Al Jazeera's report)
(The full interview with Luo)