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Chinese officials pay damages to woman forced into late-term abortion

Catholic World News - July 12, 2012

Government officials in China’s Shaanxi province have agreed to pay 40,000 yuan (about $6,750) in damages to a woman who was forced to have a late-term abortion.

Feng Jianmei was taken into custody and forced to abort during the 7th month of her pregnancy because she had not paid a fine for being pregnant after already having a 5-year-old child. When a photo of the woman with the corpse of her unborn child was circulated, her case drew international attention to China’s brutal “one-child” policy.

A terse government announcement said that officials in Shaanxi had acted illegally in forcing the late abortion, and the government would provide any aid needed by the family.

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