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Chinese Officials Punished Over Forced Abortion of 7-Month Fetus

June 26, 2012

A western Chinese city fired the local family planning bureau chief and punished other officials after a woman was forced to abort her seven-month-old fetus.

The officials in the Zhenping region of Ankang city violated China’s family planning laws in the case of Feng Jianmei, 23, the Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday. Feng’s family has also been offered compensation, it said.

Feng’s case sparked public outrage after photos appeared online showing her lying next to the aborted fetus. She was forced to have the abortion after she couldn’t pay a 40,000 yuan ($6,200) fine to have a second baby under the country’s one- child policy.

“Some staff of the township government used crude means to violate her intentions,” Xinhua said, adding that there was “no legal basis” to demand the 40,000 yuan payment.

Feng said in an interview yesterday that she was not being allowed to leave a hospital where she’s recovering and feels “under a lot of pressure,” the New York Times reported today. The newspaper quoted her sister-in-law as saying Feng’s husband was beaten last week when he tried to see a human rights lawyer in Beijing.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Nicholas Wadhams in Beijing at nwadhams@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net


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