» 07/12/2012, 00.00
Ankang, compensation for couple forced to undergo abortion
The government releases Feng Jianmei’s husband, pays the couple 11,200 dollars, again formally apologizes for the incident, confirming the dismissal of two executives and the suspension of 5 family planning officials. Victory after all the horror of forced abortion in the seventh month of pregnancy.
Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Chinese government has paid 11,200 dollars to the
Chinese couple forced to undergo a forced abortion in the seventh month of
pregnancy. The provincial authorities of Ankang (Shaanxi) have apologized for the second time
to the Zhengjia woman, Feng Jianmei, and her husband Deng Jiyuan for all that
occurred, confirming the dismissal of two executives with a fine and suspension
for 5 family planning employees.
This past June, the agency for population
control forced Feng Jianmei, a woman of 22, to have an abortion in her seventh
month [see Chinese
authorities apologize for the forced abortion. "You are like Nazis"].
Feng has a five year old daughter and another child is prohibited by law. Employees
of family planning threatened a fine of 40 thousand yuan (about 4 thousand
euros, four years of wages) or an abortion. But abortion is prohibited after
the sixth month.
Despite all this, the abortion took place and
the photograph of the woman in obvious pain- lying next to the tiny body of her
dying son - exploded across the internet. Thousands of Chinese Internet users accused
the communist government of behaving "worse than Nazis" and the
public outrage has forced the regime to back down.
Immediately after the complaint, however, the husband of Feng
"disappeared". The authorities arrested him on charges that he had
spoken with foreign media. He has now been released: "We just want to go
home and continue with our lives. What has happened is a tragedy, but life must
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