According to a recent news report in Guangdong’s official Nanfang Daily newspaper, a 22 year-old woman went in for a surgical abortion at a clinic in Shenzhen’s Bao’an District and had been fully prepped for surgery, her legs immobilized by epidural anesthesia, when her surgeon said suddenly that he intended to perform two additional surgeries (at additional cost, of course). The woman refused and was kept on the surgical table for three hours. She was released only after her boyfriend notified police. In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to, a young woman is trapped and immobilized on the operating table as her surgeon turns willfully away, refusing to release her until she has agreed to additional surgeries. On the sheet between the woman’s legs is emblazoned a large red Yuan symbol, signifying the act of gross extortion.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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