China's Family Planning Rules at Issue in US Asylum Cases

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Supreme Court (AP) Two chinese men whose partners were forced to have abortions are asking the U.S. Supreme court to make it easier for them to get asylum.

The Republican Congressman who wrote a 1996 asylum law claimed it was intended to cover both men and women who are victims of China's controversial family planning policy. There's no dispute that women can seek asylum under the law but the Bush administration is resisting asylum for the men. The two feared punishment even
though they were not legally married to the women.

China generall limits couples to one child. Authorities sometimes force abortions or sterilization for people who want more than one child or aren't married.

U.S. Courts have taken differing approaches to the asylum claims by Chinese men.

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