A teacher in China who was facing the prospect o having to have a late-term abortion or lose her job has been allowed to give birth following international pressure on the Chinese government.
As LifeNews.com reported, a teacher has been told that she will get fired if she doesn’t abort her second child even though she was initially given permission to have the baby in her town of residence, Huangshan city. Apparently an officer from the health and family planning commission said she has to follow different regulations since the school where she works is located in Guizhou province.
Qin Ti is five months pregnant with her husband Meng Shaoping and they already have one daughter. Qin was initially given to the end of the month to have the abortion or she will lose her job. At five months or 20-weeks unborn babies have the ability to feel immense pain from abortion and may be more sensitive to pain than newborns.
Now, Reggie Littlejohn, the president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, informs LifeNews that Qin will no longer be forced to have the abortion under China’s draconian one-child policy. “This order has just been reversed, following domestic and international media attention,” Littlejohn says.
Littlejohn said news of this situation was reported widely in China and spread internationally, causing outrage. The Family Planning Commission on the Guizhou provincial level overturned the local authorities and will allow Qin Yi to have her baby.
According to the South China Morning Post, this case demonstrates “how unyielding the mainland’s birth limits continue to be despite a loosening in the 35-year-old policy to let more couples to have two children.”
Littlejohn said: “We are delighted that Qin Yi and her husband will be allowed to have their baby. Our hearts nevertheless go out to this couple because of the harrowing experience of coming so close to suffering the excruciating pain of a late-term forced abortion. Their experience dramatically demonstrates what I’ve been saying all along: China is continuing its horrific practice of late term forced abortions. This is savagery and it must be stopped.”
“China has not ‘eased’ its One-Child Policy. It has merely tweaked it,” she continued. “The fact that the Chinese Communist Party is allowing some couples to have a second child does not mean that they have ceased their appalling methods of enforcement. Couples still need to have a birth permit for the first and for the second child, or face forced abortion.”
“This case also demonstrates that the One-Child Policy is not enforced uniformly throughout China. A pregnancy may be allowed in one province and not allowed in another. There’s no uniformity. It’s like the Wild West when it comes to the coercive enforcement of birth limits,” she added.
“Also, the fact that the CCP reversed its decision and allowed this couple to have their baby demonstrates that it does in fact respond to pressure, both domestic and international – despite its protestations to the contrary – so we need to keep up the pressure,” Littlejohn concluded.
Qin Yi (sometimes translated Tan Yi) and Meng Shaoping were both divorced and both have daughters from their first marriages. Qin Yi’s residency is in Huangshan City in Anhui Province, where officials told her that she could have a second child because she divorced the father of her first child.
She later moved to Libo County, Guizhou Province, because of her job as a teacher. There, she was told she must terminate her pregnancy by the end of May or lose her job. In Anhui, remarried couples can have a child if there are no more than two children from previous marriages. In Guizhou, however, remarried couples can have a child only if there is one child from previous marriages.