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Woman permitted to give birth, then told to abort

AP, BEIJING

A schoolteacher who gained permission to have an additional child in her hometown in one Chinese province has been ordered to have an abortion, because the province where she is teaching has different rules, a family planning officer confirmed yesterday.

The case illustrates how different areas have different family planning regulations and how unyielding China’s birth limits continue to be, despite a recent loosening in the 35-year-old policy to allow more couples to have two children.

Both pregnant Qin Yi (覃誼) and her husband Meng Shaoping (蒙紹平) had a daughter with their previous spouses, so the newly married couple is not allowed to have their own child, according to Guizhou Province’s regulations, the Bureau of Education and the Health and Family Planning Commission in Guizhou’s Libo County said in a notice on Monday.

Qin must have an abortion by the end of the month, otherwise she would be fired from her job, said the notice circulated online and carried by a local newspaper, which reported that Qin was five months pregnant.

An officer from the county’s Health and Family Planning Commission confirmed the case.

Qin and Meng applied for permission to have a child from authorities in Huangshan City in Anhui, where her residency is registered, said the officer, who gave only his surname, also Qin.

The authority is investigating whether Qin Yi transferred her residency to Anhui earlier this year in order to gain permission to give birth, the officer said.

Anhui allows couples to have a child if they do not have more than two children from previous marriages, whereas Guizhou only lets a couple have a child if there is just one previous child.

Different areas draw up their own family planning rules that fit into a national policy.

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