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Partners of Chinese women who were forced to have abortions are pressing the U.S. 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.

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