A book about the effect of the one child policy in China. Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, Stories of Loss and Love, by Xinran. A quote, as cited in the March 6th version of The Economist:
At the tiny restaurant where Xinran eats lunch, the waitress tries to kill herself twice, each time after a little girl’s birthday party. The woman is tortured by the happy faces because, thinking it her duty to produce a male heir, she had smothered her baby daughters. She survives because, as well as the bottle of agricultural fertiliser she swallowed, she drank one of the waching-up liquid, thinking that any chemical in a bottle was poison. The detergent diluted the fertiliser’s fatal dose.
We don’t pay enough attention to China’s one child policy. Neither do we pay enough attention to women who have aborted here at home, and the grief they suffer.
Brigitte can’t help but wonder: Think this is related?by