Chinese Woman Worried About Forced Sterilization, Abortion Denied Asylum
by Steven Ertelt
November 12, 2008
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — A Chinese woman living in the United States who fears a deportation to China would result in a forced abortion or sterilization lost her bid for asylum. A federal appeals court ruled that Xiu Mei Wei did not present enough evidence in her case for the court to confirm those fears would materialize upon her return.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Friday against Wei’s request to re-open her case.
The three judge panel declined to re-open her case even though Wei is pregnant a fourth time and China’s family planning policies prevent women from having any more than one child.
According to an AP report, Wei had a temporary visa that expired in April 1997. She stayed in the United States and eventually applied for asylum in November 2002 when she became pregnant with her third child.
The appeals court sided with an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals, who both ruled that Wei did not file her asylum request within one year of having arrived in the U.S., as required by law.
The court also ruled that she failed to show how her circumstances made it so she couldn’t comply with the time requirement.
In the application, Wei’s local attorney, Lorance Hockert, filed a formal notice indicating population control officials in her hometown of Changle City in Fijian Province sent a notice to her mother.
The notice indicated that Wei and her husband would both be forcibly sterilized if she didn’t have an abortion of the child upon her return to China.
AP also indicated Wei provided proof in the asylum application of her sister-in-law undergoing a forced abortion and sterilization when she became pregnant with her third child.
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