China May Relax One-Child Policy
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China may relax the One-Child Policy over the next two years, said a spokesman from China’s Ministry of Health and Family Planning last Thursday. China may allow couples in which just one party is an only child to have two children. The One-Child Policy may also become a Two-Child Policy for all Chinese couples.

 

This statement comes five months after the former Ministry of Health and the National Population and Family Planning Commission merged into one Ministry of Health and Family Planning. The new Ministry also opened a social media account on China’s top microblogging site in June, displaying unprecedented willingness to connect with Chinese citizens. These developments have sparked hopes among Chinese people that the One-Child Policy might soon change.

 

In Thursday’s statement, Ministry of Health and Family Planning spokesman Mao Qun’an reaffirmed China’s commitment to long-term family planning policies for economic and environmental reasons. He also said improving family planning policies to accommodate the public’s needs and population development is the new Ministry’s top priority. The changes being considered would be complete by 2015.

 

China boasts that its One-Child Policy has prevented 400 million births since the policy began in 1980. But traditional son preference and incredibly high fines for second children have caused millions of Chinese girls to be aborted, killed, abandoned and trafficked by couples hoping for a son. In China today, 37 million girls are missing. China’s sex ratio at birth was 118 boys to 100 girls in 2010.

 

Brian Lee, Executive Director of All Girls Allowed, said, “We applaud China’s intent for change, but it is far from enough. The One-Child Policy strips life and value from Chinese girls and women every day it stays in place. Relaxing restrictions and shifting to a Two-Child Policy would be welcome reforms, but they are not enough to end the cruel injustice of coercive family planning. In Jesus’ name, we pray that the Ministry of Health and Family Planning will recognize the intrinsic, God-given value of every one of its citizens.”

 

by Sarah Elliott, All Girls Allowed




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