June 15th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

Outer Circle: Outrage over forced abortion in China

We start in China where evidence of a forced late-term abortion is sparking international condemnation and outrage.

The abortion was forced upon a woman whose family could not pay the $6,300 fine for violating China's one-child policy. She was seven months pregnant.

Eunice Joon is in Beijing. We asked her how people in China are reacting to this story.Forced abortion sparks outrage, debate in China

Amid continued nationwide outrage, Chinese authorities issued a rare public apology Thursday to a woman who was forced to have a late-term abortion, and suspended three local officials involved in the incident.

"Since the illegal actions by some officials have seriously hurt Feng Jianmei and her family, we want to offer our deep apologies to them and to the generic public," said a statement released by the Ankang city government in Shaanxi Province, which administers Feng's village.

Two of the three officials suspended were in charge of local family planning. The city government promised further investigation and punishment for those found responsible. It added that a vice mayor had visited the family to deliver the message in person and offer concrete assistance.


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