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Monday, October 25, 2010

One Child Policy Abuse in China

The one child policy is still firmly in place in China, as a new video and story illustrate. An Al Jazeera reporter in Xiamen, China, interviewed a woman who reportedly was dragged from her home and taken to a hospital for a forced abortion because she was eight months pregnant but already had a ten-year daughter. The desire for a son was probably a motivating factor for the couple.

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