| Thursday, January 20, 2005
| U.S. SAYS CHINA FORCES ABORTIONS
|WASHINGTON -- Despite saome changes,
China's one-child family planning program remains a
source of coercion, forced abortions, infanticide and
perilously imbalanced boy-girl ratios. State Department
officials said Tuesday.
Testimony before the House International Relations Committee
focused on a Shanghai woman who, since her second pregnancy
in the late 1980's has been assigned to psychiatric wards,
coerced into an abortion, and removed from her job.
She is reportedly subject to torture is labor camp.
Thousands of victims
Mao Hengfeng, said Rep. Christopher Smnith (R-N.J.),
"is the most egregious example of China's mistreatment of
women who donot comply with China's draconian policies,
but there are thousands of other victims".
China in the 1970's launced a one-child policy to slow the
growth of its population, now at 1.3 billion. Couples who
have unsanctioned children have been subject to heavy fines,
job losses and forced sterilization.
There have been some modifications, allowing second children
for ethnic populations and rural families whose first child
is a girl. In 2002, under U.S. pressure, Beijing enacted a
national law aimed at reducing coercion.
(abstracted from CHICTRIB/Associated Press by: Jim Abrams)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 7:54 AM