1.6 Billion 元 Misappropriated by Family Planning Officials
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BEIJING, China -- According to state media outlet Xinhua News, China's top auditor recently released a report revealing that 1.6 billion Chinese yuan ($261.4 million) in One-Child Policy fines were misappropriated by Family Planning Officials between 2009 and 2012.  

 

The fines, officially known as "social support fees" because they are supposed to benefit the welfare of the people, were collected and transferred illegally in at least nine provinces.  Instead of allocating the income to local governments to be spent on public services and social projects, fines were often funneled back into the hands of the very officials in charge of enforcing China's coercive family planning policy.

 

Hunan province was the worst offender, illegally directing about 10 million Chinese yuan ($1.63 million) into local government spending on hospitality and staff allowances.  The auditor's report said that there were no consistent standards for the collecting of One-Child Policy fines, and that the management of the fees was poor.

 

Since the report only mentions nine of China's 22 provinces, it is likely that the number of misappropriated fines were significantly higher in that three-year period.

 

This news follows a high-profile report by lawyer Wu Youshui, revealing that $2.7 billion in fines were collected just last year from parents who had violated the One-Child Policy.  The New York Times reported last week that Wu is an opponent of the One-Child Policy and also a Christian.  In an interview with the Times, Wu said, "it should be the family's decision how many children to have."

 

All Girls Allowed applauds the work of China's auditing agency to disclose these results, which are a clear indictment of the Family Planning Commission (now known as the Ministry of Health and Family Planning).  As President Xi Jinping leads a campaign against corruption, we call on him to uproot the deep corruption found among Family Planning Officials by stripping them of their duties and abolishing the One-Child Policy.

 

In the end, it is not the absence of a child that can enrich society, but that child's very presence.  Rather than imposing stiff fines that provide no benefit to society, the Chinese government should allow children to thrive and so provide the most valuable benefit to society.

 

Let us remember the words of Jesus:  "A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world." (John 16:21)  Truly, it is a joyful occasion when a child is born into this world.  May God's favor fall on the women of China, that they too would have that joy!

 

by Brian Lee, All Girls Allowed




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