Family settles over forced abortion

2012-07-11 12:00

Beijing - The Chinese government has agreed to a cash settlement with the family of a woman who was forced to undergo an abortion because they could not afford a fine for having a second child under the country's tough one-child policy.

Feng Jianmei was forced to abort her baby seven months into her pregnancy because she did not have $6 300 to pay the fine. The June incident renewed criticism against China's tough family planning rules.

Feng's husband Deng Jiyuan said on Wednesday that the government agreed to pay the family $11 200. He said his family wanted to return to a normal life.

They are villagers from central Shaanxi province.

Chinese authorities have apologised for the incident and fired two officials and sanctioned five others.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-11 12:15

    A massive thank you to China for their one child policy because if 400 million extra Chinese had been allowed to be born we'd probably already all be dead...

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