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Re: China’s Forced Abortions: Statistics and Tragedies



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As Ari Schulman noted below, one Chinese mother’s forced abortion has been a reminder to China and the world how horrific the one-child policy is. As he explains, the tragedy is actually characteristic of the policy and others like it, but many have tried to treat it as something of an exceptional “scandal.” Now, in an attempt to promote the latter impression, the Chinese government has apologized and reprimanded those involved:

Three Chinese officials have been suspended and the government has apologized to a young mother who was forced to abort her child seven months into the pregnancy due to China’s one-child limit law. Graphic images of the mother and the lifeless body of the baby sparked a public uproar after they were posted online by a Chinese activist group. . . .

Today the city’s government web site said Deputy Mayor Du Shouping visited the couple and apologized. He also told them that officials would be suspended pending an investigation. “Today, I am here on behalf of the municipal government to see you and express our sincere apology to you. I hope to get your understanding,” the deputy mayor said according to the city’s website.

The official Xinhua News Agency said three officials would be relieved of their duties, according to the Associated Press.

 



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