The Spero Forum website reports today (June 9, 2012) that Cao Ruyi -- a 37-year-old Chinese woman in her fifth month of pregnancy -- was dragged from her home and beaten on June 6th by more than a dozen Chinese family planning officials.
Cao was accused of violating China's "one child" policy because she and her husband, Li Fu, already have a six-year-old daughter.
According to Li, his wife is being detained at the Maternal and Child Health Hospital in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. Family planning officials are threatening to forcibly abort Cao's unborn child within hours if she does not voluntarily consent to an abortion. Both the husband and wife want to keep their baby and are refusing to cooperate.
Bob Fu, of China Aid, spent one hour talking with the family planning office chief of the pregnant woman and was trying to persuade her to have mercy. She was very stubborn and told Fu unless the couple pay about $23,500 in fines for violating China's law for conceiving a "social burden" fee, she and her colleagues will "try their best for as long as possible to let her abort the baby voluntarily."