She faces a decision no woman should have to make.
Mrs Chen is eight months pregnant.
She should be practicing her breathing exercises and ripping open little pink and blue packages at her baby shower, to reveal a tidal wave of knitted booties.
Instead, she’s debating whether to endure a late-term abortion. Not because she doesn’t want the baby or because of a health issue, but because her husband will almost certainly lose his job if she gives birth to their second child.
Mrs Chen — who would not be identified in full — lives in China, where the restrictive “one child policy” has been in place since 1979.
Although the policy was eased slightly in 2013 to allow some couples to have a second child, the policy still remains in place when both husband and wife have at least one sibling.
Mrs Chen and her husband “Mr Qi”, from China’s Yunnan province, do not fit into that exempt category.
But making their situation even more difficult is the fact that Mrs Chen’s husband, who is a police officer, will most likely lose his job if the couple ignore the birth ban, according to the Associated Press (AP).
“I’m fearful,” Mrs Chen told AP. “If my husband believes I must abort the child, there’s nothing I can do.”
She is now concerned that, even if she does have an abortion, her husband will be fired for going public with the case.
Mrs Chen’s devastating story has attracted significant media attention.