China Punishes Officials Over Late-Term Abortion Case
A Chinese official has been sacked and others punished over the case of a woman forced to have a late-term abortion, state-run media report.
An investigation showed that officials “used crude means” to persuade Feng Jianmei to agree to the abortion, Xinhua news agency reports.
Ms Feng’s pregnancy was terminated at seven months because she had violated the one-child policy law.
Photos of her with the foetus caused widespread condemnation online.
China’s one-child family planning policy aims to control the country’s population, which now stands at around 1.3bn. Rights groups say the law has meant women being coerced into abortions, which Beijing denies.
Ms Feng’s case has come to symbolise the extreme measures some officials take in order to meet population targets, reports the BBC’s Martin Patience in Beijing.