A company in China has been accused of pressuring mothers to abort their unborn babies on threat of punishment.
The Daily Mail reports a female employee of a bank in Shijiazhuang, China recently came forward to expose the company’s discriminatory pro-abortion policy.
She said the company requires women to fill out a “pregnancy permit” every January if they plan to have a baby. Any woman who has an unplanned or unapproved pregnancy would be pressured to have an abortion or face work penalties, according to the report. These penalties allegedly include demotions and salary cuts.
Workers’ Daily reports the woman contacted the Shijiazhuang Employees’ Service Centre, a regional authority, in October to complain about the policy. She said when she became pregnant without permission, the company told her to either have an abortion or be punished.
The woman, who is unnamed in reports, said she is not the only woman who the company threatened to punish if she refused to abort her unborn baby.
According to the report, the regional authority met with the company to discuss the allegations after the woman came forward, and the company agreed to restore wages and positions to the mothers that it had punished.
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Forced and coerced abortions have been a problem in China for decades. The country’s notorious one child policy allegedly was used to force countless mothers to abort their unborn babies through all nine months of pregnancy.
China recently relaxed its population control policies, but human rights advocates say forced and coerced abortions continue. Women and girls especially have been victims of China’s population control measures. Born women and girls have been subject to horrific abuses such as forced sterilization and abortion, while unborn baby girls have been aborted at astronomical rates, leading to a huge gender imbalance.