The United States has questioned the reported detention of a Chinese woman who is being possibly pressured into a forced abortion by Chinese family planning authorities after purportedly violating China's one-child policy.
When a reporter brought the case of five-month-pregnant Cao Ruyi to her attention during a press briefing on Monday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Washington was concerned by these reports.
"We have reached out to the Chinese authorities in Beijing to ask about this issue. I think you know that we make no secret that the United States strongly opposes all aspects of China's coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortion and sterilization, and we always raise these issues with the Chinese government," she told reporters.
All Girls Allowed,' an advocacy group led by U.S.-based former Tiananmen Square protest leader Chai Ling, said family planning officials in Hunan province released her on paying a hefty fine, which will not be refunded unless she returns for an abortion on Saturday.
The Communist country has been implementing a one-child-only policy as a population-control method since 1980.
by RTT Staff Writer
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