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Forced Abortion Delayed In Remote China

Six months into her pregnancy, a Chinese Muslim woman sits detained in a local hospital awaiting a forced abortion of her third child, according to Radio Free Asia and the Pioneer Press.

Chinese officials warned Arzigul Tursun, now 26 months pregnant, “their house and property would be seized if Arzigul did not undergo an abortion,? the Pioneer Press and Radio Free Asia reported.

The procedure has been delayed following an international outcry, the Radio Free Asia reported. Rep. Chris Smith wrote an appeal calling on the Chinese Ambassador, Zhou Wenshong, to intervene, Radio Free Asia and the Pioneer Press reported.

Smith called the situation a “nightmare of forced abortion,? according to the Pioneer Press.

Rural dwellers are permitted up to three children, while urban dwellers are only permitted two children according to Radio Free Asia and the Pioneer Press.

This third child is called into question because although Tursun is a rural woman, her husband is registered as urban, Radio Free Asia and the Pioneer Press reported.

“The Chinese government is notorious for this barbaric practice, but to forcibly abort a woman while the world watches in full knowledge of what is going on would make a mockery of its claim that the central government disapproves of the practice,? Smith said, according to the Pioneer Press.