Sun Mingmei had always wanted a second child.

When she found out about an unexpected pregnancy in August, the initial joy only lasted for a few days before she decided to give the baby up.

Sun already had a daughter and to keep it, she would have to pay a fine of more than 200,000 yuan ($31,250) under China’s strict family planning laws. She thought it was too much money.

She terminated the pregnancy within two months.

“I didn’t know if it was a girl or a boy. Had I known, I would have struggled to make a decision.”

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