China: Woman kept in jail and compelled to abort her child

ChinaAid, a Midland TX-based advocacy group, has learned that Cao Ruyi, a 37-year-old Chinese woman was dragged from her home and beaten on June 6th by more than a dozen Chinese family planning officials.

In her fifth month of pregnancy, Cao was accused of violating China's "one child" policy because she and her husband, Li Fu, already have a six year old daughter.

According to Li, his wife is being detained at the Maternal and Child Health hospital in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. Family planning officials are threatening to forcibly abort Cao's unborn child within hours if she does not voluntarily consent to an abortion. Both the husband and wife want to keep their baby and are refusing to cooperate.  Li said he was beaten by security officials on the way to the hospital, as his wife was being dragged to there.
 
Bob Fu, of ChinaAid, spent one hour talking with the family planning office chief of the pregnant woman and was trying to persuade her to have mercy. She was very stubborn and told Fu unless the couple pay about $23,500 (RMB150,000) in fines for violating China's law for conceiving a "social burden" fee, she and her colleagues will "try their best for as long as possible to let her abort the baby voluntarily."
 
The phone number of the hospital is +86-731-8433-2238. The hospital's address is No. 53 Xiangchun Road, Changsha city, Hunan province.
 
"President Hu Jintao promised the world that forced abortions in China did not exist, but they do occur frequently and are an assault on millions of Chinese women and their families," said Fu , ChinaAid's President. "Such barbaric acts cannot continue to occur in China without international condemnation and action. We urge diplomats in China, and the global press, to call attention to Cao Ruyi's case and help protect her and her unborn child."
 
The blind self-taught lawyer, Chen Guangcheng, who managed to flee to New York with his family last month after years severe persecution because he exposed the atrocities of forced sterilizations and forced abortions driven by Chinese government's notorious One Child Policy.



Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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