A mother of two faces a forced abortion in China this week, according to human rights groups, a violation they say demonstrates that the most brutal aspects of China’s population control policies are still prevalent in the county’s western regions.
Arzigul Tursun, six months pregnant with her third child, is under guard in a hospital in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region, scheduled to undergo an abortion against her will because authorities say she is entitled to only two children, according to the Uyghur Human Rights Project.
The case has sparked outrage in the United States among members of Congress. Republican Chris Smith of New Jersey, the House Ranking Member on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, called forced abortions a “barbaric practice,” and made a personal appeal on behalf of Tursun directly to Chinese ambassador Zhou Wenzhong.
By Anna Schecter, ABC News