05/20/2015, 00.00
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Guizhou: woman can complete pregnancy despite order to abort

Both she and her new husband had a child from their previous marriage. She had been told she would lose her job if she did not have an abortion. China’s one-child policy is enforced unequally across the country. Despite promises of easing it, violence still surrounds its enforcement.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A pregnant woman who was ordered to have an abortion after she moved to an area with different rules on the one-child policy has been told she can keep the baby, probably as a result of media pressures.

This comes after the Family Planning Commission in Guizhou province overturned a ruling by county level officials saying that she should terminate the pregnancy, Xinhua reported.

Tan Yi was originally told in her home city of Huangshan in Anhui province that she could have a second child because she was divorced from the father of her first child. Huangshan is where her residency was registered.

She later moved to Libo County in Guizhou with her second husband, but she was told the pregnancy had to be terminated because one-child policy rules were enforced more strictly there.

Tan is a teacher and five months pregnant and was warned that she would lose her job if she did not have an abortion by the end of May.

The authority was investigating whether Tan transferred her residency to Anhui this year to get permission to give birth.

Anhui lets couples to have a child if they do not have more than two children from previous marriages, whereas Guizhou only lets a couple have a child if there is just one previous child.

Tan Yi’s new husband has a child from previous relationship.

The media picked up their story and generated pressures that led to a positive outcome.

However, the case shows that the country’s one-child policy is still applied with major restrictions and unequally according to the region, despite claims that it had been softened.

In fact, in every case the authorities and family planning officials decide who has the right to have a child.

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