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    » 11/17/2008, 00.00

    CHINA

    Uyghur woman forced into abortion with one-child law



    The Uyghur woman is expecting her third child, but the authorities say she can have only two, and have taken her to a hospital for an abortion. Her husband has denounced the case, and protests have erupted in the country and abroad.

    Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) - In bed number 3 of the Water Gate Hospital in Gulja (Xinjiang), Arzigul Tursun, an Uyghur woman six and a half months pregnant, is under guard. The authorities want to make her have an abortion, because this is her third child, while she is permitted to have only two.

    A nurse explains "the procedure": "We will give an injection first. Then she will experience abdominal pain, and the baby will come out by itself. But we haven't given her any injection yet - we are waiting for instructions from the doctors." There have been many protests over the health of the woman, who is 26 weeks pregnant.

    China has an official one-child policy, with severe fines and other sanctions for those who violate it. The Uyghurs, as an ethnic minority, can have two children if they live in a city, and three if they live in rural areas. Tursun is from the countryside, but her husband, Nurmemet Tohtisin, is from the city of Gulja (Yining in Chinese). They live in the village of Bulaq (near Dadamtu). All of this leaves their status unclear.

    Tohtisin explained - before the authorities confiscated his cell phone - that when his wife "fled the village to avoid abortion, police and party officials and the family planning committee officials all came and interrogated us. The deputy chief of the village, a Chinese woman named Wei Yenhua, threatened that if we didn't find Arzigul and bring her to the village, she would confiscate our land and all our property." She came back. On November 11, Rashide, an official on the family planning committee, brought her by force to the hospital in Gulja. The abortion, scheduled for November 13, has been delayed until the 17th because of the many phone calls of protest from local Uyghurs and those in exile. U.S. members of congress have even intervened with Chinese ambassador Zhou Wenzhong. Now the authorities are insisting that the couple sign an "authorization."

    Rashide explains that if the abortion were not possible, for example because of reasons of the mother's health, the couple would "have to pay a fine in the amount of 45,000 yuan (about 4,500 euros) - that's a lot of money, and they won't have it."

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    25/06/2013 CHINA
    China's one child policy also brings sexual slavery
    The US State Department's report on human trafficking downgrades Beijing to 'Tier 3' status for failing to fully comply with minimum standards and not making significant efforts to limit human trafficking and sexual slavery. Forced abortions and sterilisations explain the trend in a country where millions of men cannot find a bride. Women's Rights Without Frontiers appeals to Obama and Xi Jinping.

    19/11/2008 CHINA
    Uyghur woman forced into hospital for an abortion goes home
    On the basis of China’s one-child policy she was not entitled to another child. Now authorities say given her health conditions she cannot have an abortion more six months into her pregnancy. Others suggest that their change of heart is closely related to an international protest campaign.

    14/06/2012 CHINA
    Forced abortions in China killing children just like in Syria
    Scandal and outrage over story and the photo of the woman forced to have abortions, pictured with the dying baby boy lying next to her in bed. Shaanxi population control authority have launched an investigation. The woman's husband wants to sue employees who forced his wife to abort. In China, forced abortions are prohibited by law, but papers are full of stories of forced abortions and sterilizations.

    24/09/2011 CHINA - U.S.
    One-child law: new cases of abortions, forced sterilizations and imprisonment
    13 new cases reported by the "Women's Rights Without Frontiers." Abortions up to eight and a half months pregnant. Women abducted by the police to undergo sterilization. Husbands with their heads smashed; relatives punished with fines and the demolition of houses. The case of Chen Guangcheng, the blind activist under house arrest for exposing forced abortions and sterilizations in Henan.

    12/06/2012 CHINA
    Chinese woman forced to abort in the seventh month. One-child rule massacre continues
    Reggie Littlejohn: An outrage that no government should allow. The body of the aborted boy-child was left bleeding beside the woman. Images of the murder. Threat of costly fines (equal to 3-5 years of wages) or forced abortion. In China there are 13 million abortions every year. Chai Ling: A Tiananmen massacre every hour.



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