Four women in Xinjiang province in China have been forced to undergo an abortion — including one woman who was nine months along. The new report from Radio Free Asia belies multiple media stories over the last few months giving a false sense of hope that China would somehow relax its one-child policy.
The RFA report indicates the four women are part of a group of six women who family planning officials forced last week to have abortions
Thankfully, as RFA reports, one of the women escaped before she and her baby would be brutally subjected to the abortion.
“We had planned to perform forced abortions on six women. Four of them have already undergone the abortions,” Eniver Momin, deputy chief of Hotan’s Arish township where the mothers were injected with abortion-inducing drugs, told RFA’s Uyghur Service. “One more woman is waiting in hospital to undergo the abortion while another women has escaped before undergoing the process.”
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He said that local authorities are considering whether to suspend performing forced abortions amid public concerns over the four cases.
Awat Han, head of the family planning department in Arish township, also confirmed with RFA that four forced abortions had been conducted over the last week, saying she was only following orders from the higher authorities bent on enforcing the controversial one-child policy introduced in the 1970’s to curb population growth.
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Under a new law passed last week, married couples in China will be permitted to have a second child if one spouse is an only child. Current regulations allow a second child in certain cases, including if both spouses are only children themselves.
As ethnic minorities, the Uyghurs are supposed to be exempt from the one-child policy.
Reports last month wrongly indicated China was considering ending or seriously reforming it’s one-child policy. Now, new information out this month shows that not only is China not curbing the policy, which has resulted in forced abortions and human rights abuses, but it has made $3.1 billion in fines against those couples who would dare to have a second child.