China's family planning rules at issue in US asylum cases (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Partners of Chinese women who were forced to have abortions are pressing the Supreme Court to make it easier to get asylum in the United States.

The Bush administration is resisting the male partners’ efforts to get asylum, even though the Republican congressman who wrote a 1996 asylum law said it was intended to cover men as well as women who are victims of China’s controversial family planning policy. There is no dispute that women can seek asylum under the law.

The justices will consider appeals by two men in the coming weeks.

Yi Qiang Yang was 20 when he married his 17-year-old wife in a traditional ceremony. More than a year later, Yang’s wife was eight months pregnant when Chinese authorities forced her to have an abortion.

Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’ At that time people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?” (Luke 23:28-31)

Lord have mercy on us all :crying:

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