Update: Five months pregnant Chinese woman still in danger of forced abortion
CHANGSHA, Hunan Province, China, June 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A 37-year-old Chinese woman who is five months pregnant still stands in imminent risk of undergoing a forced abortion at the hands of Chinese “family planning” officials, according to Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.
Last week news broke that Cao Ruyi was dragged by more than a dozen government family planning officials and security guards, from her home and taken to a hospital in Changsha for violating China’s one-child policy. She was given the “choice” of consenting to a voluntary abortion, having a forced abortion, or paying a huge fine.
Cao’s husband, Li Fu, reported that he was beaten on the way to the hospital and told that if he and his wife did not consent to a “voluntary” abortion, his wife would be forced to abort.
Cao and her husband issued a desperate plea for public support so they may be allowed keep their unborn child. Li Fu told Chia Ling, president of All Girls Allowed, a group that works to reveal and prevent sex-selective abortion and female infanticide in China, “Help us - I will never sign the consent form, but we also need the public to help stop a forced abortion. Tell them to please help us!”
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Today Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition that opposes forced abortion and sexual slavery in China, reports that the hospital released Cao Ruyi during the weekend after receiving payment of US $1500 as a “social compensation fee.”
However, WRWF reports that government officials are still demanding an additional payment of US $25,000 for Cao to continue her pregnancy.
“The plight of Mrs. Cao and her husband vividly demonstrates the brutality of China’s One Child Policy,” said Women’s Rights Without Frontiers president Reggie Littlejohn. “The Chinese Communist Party has reported 13 million abortions a year. How many millions of Chinese women will be forced to abort their babies this year?”
“WRWF is relieved that Mrs. Cao was released from the hospital,” Littlejohn concluded. “But if the couple is unable to pay this heavy additional fine, what will happen to them? Unless international pressure is applied, Mrs. Cao will likely be forcibly aborted. They are not out of danger.”
Congressman Chris Smith, chairman of the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China, issued a statement condemning the Chinese government’s treatment of Cao.
“We fully feel the seriousness and urgency of this incident. The American society, media and even some countries in Europe are closely watching the development of this incident,” Smith advised the Chinese family planning officials.
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers urged concerned individuals to sign a petition to end forced abortion in China.
Changsha County Maternal and Child Health Hospital (People’s Hospital in Changsha County)
No. 53 Xiangchun Road, Changsha City, Hunan Province
Phone: +86-731-8433-2238 or +86-731-8406-9120
24-Hour Line: +86-731-8401-1900
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