28 Jul 2005

American Samoa bans entry of pregnant foreign women

5:47 pm on 28 July 2005

The Immigration Office in American Samoa is enforcing a ban on the entry of foreign women beyond their sixth month of pregnancy.

Attorney General Sialega Malaetasi Togafau told a hearing that a Chinese women in an advanced stage of pregnancy, was put back on the plane she came in upon her arrival in the territory last week.

The Sialega says said the ban on alien pregnant women was stressed to the Samoa Government during the last round of inter Samoa talks.

He says the ban is not applied only to Samoan citizens but to all visitors.

Sialega says pregnant travelers must carry certification from health authorities attesting to their stage of pregnancy.

In the case of the Chinese visitor, she did not carry any documentation.

An appeal was made by the woman's sponsor to allow her to stay but the request was.