European Parliament Resolution Strongly Condemns Forced Abortion in China, Citing Feng Jianmei

Source: Press Release  Author: Press Release  Pulsihed Time: 07-05-2012
 European Parliament Resolution Strongly Condemns Forced Abortion in China, Citing Feng JianmeiThe European Parliament holds plenary sessions in Strasbourg, France, 12 times a year. (Photo: European Parliament )

STRASBOURG—China’s one-child policy has given rise to unacceptable forced abortions, European MPs said Thursday, condemning the case last month of a mother forced to abort late into her pregnancy.

The resolution, 2012/2712 (RSP) "strongly condemns the decision to force Ms. Feng to have an abortion and condemns the practice of forced abortions and sterilizations globally, especially in the context of the one‑child policy." The resolution further states that "the EU has provided, and still provides, funds for organizations involved in family planning policies in China," and "urges the Commission to ensure that its funding of projects does not breach" the European Parliament's commitment against coercive population control.

In a resolution, the European Parliament said it “strongly condemns” both the case and “the practice of forced abortions globally and especially in the context of the one-child policy.”

Abortions in China are illegal beyond six months but, as a result of strict population control that favors baby boys, sex-selective abortions are widespread.

The practice has “created an imbalance between the numbers of men and women, negatively impacting all of Chinese society,” the parliament said.

In June, authorities in northern China’s Shaanxi province forced 27-year-old Feng Jianmei to terminate her pregnancy at seven months because she could not pay a 40,000 yuan ($6,450) fine for exceeding the population control policy.

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