Wang Lixuan and her 8-month-old son, Meng Hao, were detained on October 12, 2000, while traveling to Beijing to petition on behalf of Falun Gong. The mother and baby both died at the Tuanhe Forced Labor Dispatch Division in Beijing on November 7, 2000. The coroner’s examination determined that Wang Lixuan’s neck and fingers were broken, her skull was fractured, and she had a needle stuck in her lower back. Her baby, Meng Hao, was found to have deep bruises on his ankles and head, and blood in his nose. It is believed that little Meng had been hung upside down by his ankles.
Liu Qian, a 12-year-old girl, began practicing Falun Gong in 2003 as a form of therapy after learning that she had leukemia. Eight months later, she was well enough to return to school, but the principal insisted that she and her parents sign a pledge that she would stop practicing Falun Gong. When Liu Qian and her family refused to comply, Liu Qian was expelled from school. Liu Qian fell into a deep depression, and her health deteriorated. She died on February 11, 2004.
When Yuwei Zhang’s daughter was one month old, Yuwei had to flee to the United States, leaving her baby behind. She left China after she became a target because of her practice of Falun Gong.
She said that in China, police vehicles were often parked outside of her apartment.
She had been arrested four times. Once for having a hand-copied Zhuan Falun (the main book of Falun Gong), and once while on the road to the Appeals office in Beijing. In 2000, she was arrested and imprisoned for inviting two Falun Gong practitioners to her home for dinner. (Three people gathered together can be considered an illegal party.) Her fourth arrest happened at her workplace, a pharmaceutical company. She was taken to a brainwashing center and held for 45 days.
Yuwei had a PhD and had published three papers, but had to move from her hometown to a city where no one knew her because the arrests made it difficult for her to find work. When she was presented with the opportunity to leave China, she took it. But it meant leaving her baby and husband behind.
Six months later, Yuwei was reunited with her husband and child. Her baby daughter was one of the fortunate ones.
Children of Falun Gong practitioners face the same persecution as their parents. When pregnant Falun Gong practitioners are detained, they are tortured with no regard for their unborn child and in many cases are forced to abort their babies.