A woman has died after being forced to have her ninth abortion by her mother-in-law because she was desperate for a grandson.

The woman from Guangdong, China, had already given birth to three daughters, the Daily Mail reports.

She was previously forced to have eight abortions when scans revealed that she had conceived more daughters and sadly died due to internal bleeding from her ninth abortion.

She died in July 2015 but the details were only revealed on Tuesday in Chinese media.

Chen’s mother-in-law was desperate for a grandson and so forced her to abort her unborn children via induced labour after she discovered they were girls.

According to reports, Chen became depressed and at one point contemplated suicide.

On her ninth abortion, she entered the operating theatre but did not come out alive.

Because of the number of abortions she had, the wall of her uterus was too thin and she suffered excessive bleeding during the procedure.

The case has prompted large discussion on the internet in China with more than 14 million people weighing in.

Many questioned whether the woman’s husband should have done more to help her and also how the mother-in-law could put the woman through so much trauma and stress.

It’s not known whether the mother-in-law was charged over the incident.

Horrifying story! That poor woman and those precious kids who are now without their mummy. Breaks my heart.

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  • Oh my goodness it really is a sad state of the world when this sort of thing keeps happening to woman in the world


  • How absolutely horrendous. There’s still a long way to go until women all over the world have control over our own bodies and lives.


  • Her ninth abortion!?!? What is wrong with these people! Not only will there be horrendous physical scars (obviously because she’s dead) but imagine the emotional scars! The poor poor woman :(


  • This is absolutely disgusting! How could the mother-in-law force her to do such a horrible thing! The babies must’ve been old enough to know their gender too, very wrong. Couldn’t she have not done it? Such a tragedy, I hope the mother-in-law is charged.


  • So tragic a person can put so much pain and trauma on another


  • This breaks my heart. The Mother in Law should be charged but I am not sure with what. Now 3 children are left growing up without a Mother… just so very sad.


  • That is terrible. RIP mumma. Those poor little girls left behind.


  • Where was her husband in this mess? Why did he not do anything to help or did he too want a son and allowed this to happen. We will never know why this woman put herself though this misery and now her daughters have no mother to grow up with.


  • The Mother-in-Law possibly blackmailed them to have more babies. Thanks to her cruel selfishness the little girls have lost their Mum and their Dad is a widower. I doubt the Mother-in-law will want anything to do with the little girls. I wonder if the Dad knew the extent of the blackmail, forced abortions etc. or if he was too weak to stand up to her. Years ago in China they were only allowed to have 2 babies and girls weren’t wanted.


  • Absolutely dreadful. What that poor woman had to go through and now her daughters don’t have a mother. I hope that her horrid mother in law doesn’t have any control over their lives and what’s wrong with her husband? allowing his mother to do this to his wife.


  • I cannot imagine going through 1 abortion let alone 9 especially when the mother would have wanted the children. Poor woman. I do hope the mother in law has some legal action taken against her.


  • How terrible! Poor woman! 9 abortions? :-(


  • breaks my heart too – RIP to the Mumma


  • How was this even allowed to happen. I can’t imagine being in a situation like this and it saddens and angers me that this is happened. How is it possible that some one can have so much control over another person. I hope the mother in law is riddled with guilt and has learnt to appreciate the grand daughters she already has


  • I don’t know what to say. I’m angry and saddened by the situations some people find themselves in.


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