A schoolteacher who gained permission to have an additional child in her home town in one province was later ordered to have an abortion because the province where she was teaching had different rules, a family planning officer confirmed yesterday.
The case shows how different areas have different family planning rules and how unyielding the mainland’s birth limits continue to be despite a loosening in the 35-year-old policy to let more couples to have two children.
Both pregnant Qin Yi and her husband Meng Shaoping had a daughter with their previous spouses, so the newly married couple were not allowed to have their own child according to Guizhou province’s regulations, the education bureau and family planning commission in Guizhou’s Libo county said in a notice on Monday.
The notice said Qin must have an abortion by the end of the month or she would be fired from her job. A newspaper 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 in Anhui province, where her residency was registered. The authority was investigating whether Qin transferred her residency to Anhui this year to get permission to give birth.
Anhui lets couples to have a child if they don’t have more than two children from previous marriages, whereas Guizhou only lets a couple have a child if there is just one previous child.
Source South China Morning Post