Chinese officials have sought to contain public outrage after workers at a hospital dumped 21 dead fetuses and infants' bodies near a river bank.
For many ordinary Chinese, who often lament lax and increasingly expensive medical care, the dumping of the 21 dead fetuses and infants is indicative of deeper healthcare woes.
"This is shocking. It makes me wonder whether this is a civilized society," said one commentator on a Chinese-language Internet website.
A civilized society? Deeper "healthcare woes"? Must it be pointed out that the outrage is not at the killing of these children, but merely the inappropriate method of dumping their bodies? Lord have mercy.