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ChinaAid Update: Global Concern Triggers Positive Turn in Case of Five-Month Pregnant Cao Ruyi Who Was Threatened with Forced Abortion

Sunday, June 10, 2012

China Aid Association

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.” Psalm 139:13

(Changsha, Hunan—June 10, 2012) Due to the global outcry triggered by ChinaAid’s exposure of the attempted forced abortion of a woman’s five-month-old unborn baby in Changsha, Hunan province, the pregnant woman Cao Ruyi was allowed to return home on Sunday.

Cao’s husband Li Fu told ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu that the surveillance personnel from the local family planning office had also been called off. On behalf of his wife and their unborn first child, he expressed their thanks to ChinaAid for exposing the violent manner in which the local family planning officialcao ruyi photo in hospital beds dragged his wife to the hospital and the threat of performing a forced abortion on her. He said the domestic and international attention and concern that Fu’s publicity efforts elicited was the reason Ms. Cao was allowed to return home.

(VOA photo at right shows Ms. Cao in her hospital bed.)

See ChinaAid’s earlier reports on this case at: http://www.chinaaid.org/2012/06/caa-update-on-mrs-cao-threatened.html and

However, before her release from the hospital, Ms. Cao was forced to sign a guarantee that she will pay a 10,000 yuan (nearly US$1500) “pregnancy termination deposit fee,” which will not be returned if she insists on keeping her baby. Instead the deposit will serve as partial payment of her fine for giving birth to a baby without government permission. She will also be required to pay a “social burden compensation fee” of US$25,000.

Nonetheless, this is a welcome change. ChinaAid expresses its thanks for the timely prayers of many brothers and sisters and for the concern expressed by many in the international community, most notably U.S. congressman Chris Smith who contacted the Hunan provincial and Changsha municipal governments directly. Some Chinese netizens have also traveled to Changsha to lodge a formal protest with the procuratorate about Ms. Cao’s illegal detention by local officials. Many house church Christians prayed for Ms. Cao’s unborn child and called the couple to encourage and express support for them

ChinaAid calls on the residents of the three U.S. cities that have established sister-city relationships with Changsha to call their mayors and local representatives and urge them to pay attention to this case. Changsha’s sister cities in the United States are: St. Paul, Minnesota; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Annapolis, Maryland. Contact info for the mayors is below.

ChinaAid has also set up an English-language Facebook page for the latest updates about Ms. Cao at http://www.facebook.com/CaoRuYi4child 

Those who want to contribute money to help the couple pay the fine for their baby can donate online at:

Mayors’ contact information:
Saint Paul, MN
Mayor Christopher B. ColemanSaint Paul City Hall
15 Kellogg Blvd. WestSaint Paul, MN 55102
Ph:            (651) 266-8989 and (651)266-8510     
Mayor Coleman welcomes feedback from Saint Paul residents.
Jersey City

Jersey City, NJ
Mayor Jerramiah Healy
Office of the Mayor
City Hall
280 Grove Street
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
Tel:             (201) 547-5200     
Fax: (201) 547-4288/5442

Deputy Mayors
Kabili Tayari
Raj Mukherji
Ray Velazquez

Chief of Staff: Rosemary T. McFadden
Assistant Chief of Staff: Kevin Lyons
Press Secretary: Jennifer Morrill

Mayor's Aides
Kathy Curran
Debbie Harris
Ruben Rodriguez

Assistant to the Mayor: Lenora Brown

Annapolis, MD
Mayor Joshua J. Cohen
Annapolis City: http://www.ci.annapolis.md.us/government/departments/Mayor.aspx
Please feel free to call the Mayor's office at 410-263-7997, or e-mail him at Mayor@annapolis.gov . Also find out more about his daily activities on his blog at mayorcohen.com .

China Aid Contacts
Rachel Ritchie, English Media Director
Cell: (432) 553-1080 | Office: 1+ (888) 889-7757 | Other: (432) 689-6985
Email: r.ritchie@chinaaid.org
Website: www.chinaaid.org