Hong Kong sends pregnant woman back to Beijing

Featured - May 8th, 2012
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Immigration officials have ordered a pregnant woman to return to Beijing after arriving in Hong Kong with a tour group. After receiving a number of complaints, Hong Kong decided to ban Chinese mainland women from giving birth on the island because of the limited medical resources. York Chow, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Food and Health, announced that hospitals would stop admitting pregnant non-local women married to non-local men. An advertisement published by Apple Daily newspaper early this year accused women from mainland China of being “locusts” feeding on the city’s public services. The woman is due to give birth on July and was ordered by officials to leave by train. Women from mainland China are choosing to give birth in Hong Kong to avoid China’s one-child policy and avail the educational services in one of China’s most developed and wealthiest cities.