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Protests rise as Chinese govt. edicts abortion for woman

WASHINGTON (BP)--A woman who is six months pregnant is being held in a Chinese hospital for a forced abortion under the government's infamous population control program.       Arzigul Tursun, a mother of two, is awaiting an abortion she opposes while under guard in a hospital in Xinjiang, a vast region in the northwest part of the world's most populous country, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA). As a Uyghur Muslim, Tursun is permitted to have two children, but government officials have enforced the population control policy on her third child. She is 26 weeks into her pregnancy.       A pro-life U.S. congressman is protesting the unwanted abortion.       "The Chinese government is notorious for this barbaric practice, but to forcibly abort a woman while the world watches in full knowledge of what is going on would make a mockery of its claim that the central government disapproves of the practice, and of the U.N. Population Fund pretense that it has moderated the Chinese population planners' cruelty," said Rep. Chris Smith, R.-N.J., who sent a direct appeal to Zhou Wenzhong, China's ambassador to the United States. "Human rights groups and the U.S. government will be watching very carefully to see what happens to Arzigul and her family."       Tursun is being held at Yining's Water Gate Hospital, according to RFA.       "We will give an injection first. Then she will experience abdominal pain, and the baby will come out by itself," a nurse at the hospital said in a telephone interview, RFA reported Nov. 13. "But we haven't given her any injection yet -- we are waiting for instructions from the doctors."