BEIJING. A Chinese obstetrician who trafficked seven infants has been given a suspended death sentence. She convinced the parents to give up their healthy babies by telling them that the babies were dying of fabricated incurable diseases.
Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “Our hearts go out to the parents who gave up their newborns because this obstetrician, whom they trusted, lied to them and told them that their children were dying of an incurable disease. We can only imagine the sense of loss and betrayal they must feel.”
According to a Voice of America report, the court papers state that Zhang sold seven babies to traffickers. She received more than twice as much for a baby boy ($7,700) as she did for a baby girl ($3,300). Six of the infants have been returned to their parents. The seventh died in the hands of a trafficker. She did not likely act alone. Local officials, the head of the hospital, and the head of the local health department have been fired.