09/04/2012, 00.00
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A couple avoids forced abortion but risks being targeted by Party

Cao Ruyi and her husband Li Fu were able to save their second pregnancy, now at the seventh month. But the authorities in Hunan have forced the employer to fire her husband and now they want the couple pay a fine of thousands of dollars. International and domestic pressure mounts to prevent new cases.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - While the central government is determined to preach its vision of a harmonious society in China, in the provinces forced abortions are still practiced and those who challenge the authorities threatened. This is the case of Cao Ruyi, 37, and her husband, Li Fu: both have been targeted by Communist officials in the central province of Hunan who wanted to force the woman to a undergo an abortion in the fifth month of pregnancy. Now, since their attempt failed, that are preventing the man from finding a job and demanding a fine of thousands of dollars for what happened.

According to ChinaAid, a Christian organization that helps the Chinese people, it is a revenge for having failed in their attempt to force an abortion. About two months ago, in fact, a group of a dozen family planning officers dragged Cao from her home and beat her trying to procure an abortion since the couple already has a son: woman and child survived and she reported the incident.

The increasing international and domestic pressure forced the authorities to abandon their plan, but now they are extracting their revenge by preventing them from finding a new job: "They called my old employer and who had to fire me. Now they do not know what do. " Moreover, the authorities forced them to sign an agreement for an unspecified "fine" to pay for the violation: it amounts to a few thousand dollars.

According to the one-child law in force in China since the days of Deng Xiaoping, urban couples are allowed to have only one child, in rural areas in recent times a second birth has also been granted. This is to limit the population and maintain the country's economic development. However, this terrible law has caused internal unrest and in recent years is also provoking the indignation of the Chinese people themselves.

In recent months two cases caused uproar in China, that of Feng Jianmei, from a town in Ankang forced to abort at the seventh month, and the Pan Chunyan, who suffered the same fate. These cases spread on the internet and sparked thousands of comments against the government, according to a blogger, in fact, "these are the things the Nazis did. The authorities should be ashamed."

 

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