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Chinese officials apologize to woman for forced abortion under one-child policy

June 15, 2012 - Beijing

Officials in China have apologized to a woman for forcing her to have an abortion and have suspended three people responsible for the act.

The officials apologized after photos showing a foetus and the mother, Feng Jiamei, shocked web users, The BBC reports.

Jiamei was made to undergo an abortion in Shaanxi province in the seventh month of her pregnancy, as she could not pay the fine for having a second child, local officials said after investigating.

Chinese law clearly prohibits abortion after six months.

The Ankang city government said it decided to suspend the three officials in Zhenping following initial investigations.

It also urged the county government to conduct a thorough review of its family planning operations.

Rights groups say China's one-child policy has meant women being coerced into abortion, which Beijing has denied.Feng Jianmei's story demonstrates how the One-Child Policy continues to sanction violence against women every day," Chai Ling of the US-based activist group All Girls Allowed, said.


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