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Pregnant Woman Faces Forced Abortion of Her Third Child

In America, we have the freedom to reproduce at will, but in other countries that isn't the case. An Uyghur woman who is more than six months pregnant with her third child is facing a forced abortion. Chinese authorities are holding her in a hospital because she is only permitted two offspring. One report said:

China's one-child-per-family policy applies mainly to majority Han Chinese but allows ethnic minorities, including Uyghurs, to have additional children, with peasants permitted to have three children and city-dwellers two.

But while Tursun is a peasant, her husband, Nurmemet Tohtasin, is from the city of Gulja [in Chinese, Yining] so their status is unclear. The couple live with their two children in Bulaq village, Dadamtu township, in Gulja.

The couple is also subject to steep governmental fines. Do you think it's fair for the government to regulate a person's reproductive rights?


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fashion-kiki fashion-kiki 8 years
at this late time in the pregnancy, it seems especially cruel to force an abortion. why not just let her pay a fine?
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I am not Chinese but do live in China and most people you speak to agree with the one child policy (which isn't really one chils anyway) they themselves say that China is too crowded and there are too many people. Can you imagine what would be going on there right now if this policy hadn't been instated so may years back? Probably famine and a unemployment rate you can't even imagine. The fine for having a second child when only allowed one is around 4000rmb (around 500euro). I do not believe this woman would be forced to have an abortion at 6 months along. They would probably force a loan on her so she can pay the fine. That said, in principle I do believe people should be free to decide how many children they want. I just can look at it through Chinese eyes as well.
joannn joannn 8 years
This story is just typical sensationalism. There are ways out for her. Many Chinese nowadays just pay up the fine to have more than 1 child. It is also possible to change his city dweller status. The one child policy might sound ridiculous. But you have to understand the circumstances of China. Not everything Western can be dumped onto them. And no, I'm not from China, so I'm not defending it for the sake of doing so.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Liss, unless she has citizenship somewhere else or money I'm not sure leaving the country is an option. It is clear the Chinese authorities have her under their watch.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
imagine the stress this poor woman is feeling right now, as she is in limbo and unsure of the future of her unborn child? that cannot be healthy for her or the baby.
mhg mhg 8 years
to force an abortion on an unwilling woman at any stage in a pregnancy is revolting. but it goes on all the time in china. usually it's done earlier. there are many ways to prevent pregnancy, duh, but as we all know, those methods can fail. i wonder how many resources the chinese government devotes to prevention/sterilization rather than forced abortions? it's just so wrong, whatever country you live in. for me, it doesn't matter what the cultural norms are. there are some things that just shouldn't happen and this is one of them.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I would leave the country before i allowed some one to force me to kill my baby, especially when at six months the baby can survive outside of the body.
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
Wow - I cannot even imagine what this family must be feeling. Like others, I understand China's concern and agree that these people knew about this and should have gotten clarification prior to having another child. But, it seems very late in the pregnancy to force an abortion. I am pro-choice but it works both ways. To force an abortion on someone is just as cruel as to not allow one to someone who wants/needs it (so honestly, regardless of how far along she is, I think a forced abortion is wrong). I feel very sorry for this family and their situation.
Sumhope Sumhope 8 years
I knew a couple who flew to the usa to have their third child and then went back to china. I don't know if this would apply to this couples situation or if they would have the means to make the trip but it is another option for couples of means to have a third child.
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
I really don't agree with what they are doing and these rules about how many babies a person can have based on where they live, but I live in America and grew up a certain way. Instead of abortion, I wonder why the woman can't give birth to the child and then be forced to get rid of it? I'm sure there are over-population issues, but there are also many people who can't give birth at all. Hey, maybe Angelina Jolie would like another one...
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I understand the need to limit population, but abortion this late isn't good for the mother's health. Can't they give the baby up to a family who can't get pregnant so they're not over quota. Not to blame her necessarily, but why would she risk getting pregnant? I assume if this is a law they must be provided with adequate bc or vesectomy/tubal ligation procedures.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I understand the government's concern about keeping the population down, however, to force an abortion at this late stage is so cruel! They should leave her alone....
alynn28 alynn28 8 years
No. period.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I think that forcing her to have an abortion at this stage is cruel and should not be allowed. But I am not against their limits on how many children people can have. They are trying to keep their population down.
psterling psterling 8 years
Forcing an abortion is so, so wrong. But I get that China is so over-populated that regulations need to be kept in place to control it. Maybe they aught to raise fines and give women incentives to either sterilize or tie their tubes or for husbands to get vasectomies to prevent sticky situations like this from happening?
jessie jessie 8 years should just leave her alone.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
No the government should not have a say however considering the country's population problem I understand their concern. The government should leave her alone. If anything raise the fine.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I don't think governments should interfere with reproductive issues. I know they do things different in different parts of the world, but this is a human rights issue to me.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
No, and that's about all I have to say about that.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I don't necessarily think it's right, but I think that in a country that is SO overcrowded it's probably necessary. And while I don't necessarily agree with a forced abortion when the mother is so far along and her status unclear, skigurl did point out that it's been like this for years so I can't help but think that maybe they should have been more careful or clarified their status first.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
this discussion is going to get wild this is a crazy story, as their status is unclear and she is already six months pregnant, however in terms of the chinese law of regulating reproduction, no i don't think it's "right" but it's the way it's done over there and it's been like that for years and won't change just because north americans don't like it...the communism aspect is something we don't understand, and it's a pretty real reason why i'd never live there!
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