The Appropriate Response of the United States to Forced Abortion in China: Should Section 601(A) of the IIRIRA Be Extended to Allow Asylum for unmarried Couples

Moshe S. Berman

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At the age of nineteen, Biao pan, a Chinese national, fell in love with a woman by the name of A Zhen. A Zhen soon became pregnant, but Chinese law required the couple to abort the baby because they were not married. The couple did not want an abortion, so Biao Pan went to the local family planning officials and requested permission to marry A Zehn. The request was denied because the couple did not meet the age requirements that Chinese law demanded. Instead, A Zhen was forced to have an abortion. Unfortunately, the procedure did not go well, and A Zhen died. This event caused Biao Pan to hate the Chinese government and he eventually left the People’s Republic of China (“PRC” for “China”) and applied for asylum in the United States pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(42)(B). . . .
41 New Eng. L. Rev. 339

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