On June 6, 2007, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that victims of forced abortions had the right to protest deportation by requesting asylum under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The court reversed an immigration court's finding that called into question whether the Chinese woman in question's abortion was forced and whether her and her husband had done enough to avoid the abortion. The court also ruled that the spouse of an individual subjected to a forced abortion had the right to request asylum. In June 2012, Chinese officials launched an investigation into claims that women in that country were being forced to have abortions as late as seven months into pregnancy.
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