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China Considers Relaxing One-Child Policy

China Considers Relaxing One-Child Policy

For 32 years, China has enforced a one-child policy to curb their booming population growth. This policy has led to a number of societal issues, many of them stemming from the desire for that one child to be male. This desire has led to the widespread abortion of female fetuses as well as infanticide, with female newborns commonly snatched from their mothers’ arms and faced with an uncertain fate, even if they are permitted to live – which is by no means guaranteed. 

The result is what has become a dangerously unbalanced population, leaving a significant number of young Chinese men unable to marry and start a family, and thus more prone to involvement in antisocial activities. It’s also left the younger generation the crippling responsibility of supporting their parents and grandparents as Chinese tradition demands – as many as six individuals – with no assistance from siblings, a situation even the government recognizes as intolerable.

In light of these pressures, the Chinese government is rumored to be considering relaxing the one-child policy. Certain exemptions are already in place. For example, couples consisting of two only children are themselves often permitted to have more than one child; as well, farmers in rural areas whose first child is female are often granted an exemption. However, the rumor is that government is considering changing the rule wholesale by implementing a two-child rule across much of the country starting in 2015.

Would allowing the population to have two children per family solve the societal issues? Will it curb the bias against female babies? Or will it simply be saddling a new generation with the problems of the old, as the one-child generation ages and becomes a burden to their own children? Only time will tell.

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11:51AM PDT on May 26, 2013

Thank you for the important news!

8:52AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Brainless individuals keep mating like rabbits to their heart's content, while the orphanages are filled to the brim with miserable kids no one wants, and children living in poor countries die every day because they don't have enough food.

Instead of being a self-centered fool, open your stupid eyes and realize the situation we are in.

2:44AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

i think a lot of people in the US have more children so they can take advantage of welfare. how about changing the law that if you are past a limit of the number of children, then you are no longer qualified for welfare?

4:45AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Angela S: "A woman should be able to have as many children as she desires!"

Sure, every selfish woman on the planet has the right of breeding and giving birth to 8 children. That would increase overpopulation, but who cares, that's what she desires! What one person wants is obviously more important than the sake of all. And of course adoption is out of question. It's not your child if you weren't pregnant! Just let those African children die!

Why do I have to read such revolting things? This clueless way of thinking is what led to the gigantic disease known as human overpopulation. This "stupid law", if applied rightly, could help control the number of people in the world.
Brainless individuals keep mating like rabbits to their heart's content, while the orphanages are filled to the brim with miserable kids no one wants, and children living in poor countries die every day because they don't have enough food.
Instead of being a self-centered fool, open your stupid eyes and realize the situation we are in.

6:36AM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

This was once a personal issue and should remain that way.

10:50AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

There are too many people here in our country who have 6 7 or even 8 kids. why do we need so many people in an overcrowded world? 2 children policy would be good for our country too.

9:37AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

A woman should be able to have as many children as she desires!

2:45AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Cory R,
If we would enforce our borders instead of leaving them wide open you wouldn't have to worry about " running out of resources" now would you?
China has had forced abortions since 1978. It is horrible!
First implemented in 1978, the one-child policy has been so successful in checking China's population growth that the country now confronts the prospect of the rapid aging of its total population in the next two decades.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article

10:56AM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

I think they should relax it a little and allow two kids but also balance it out by paying for people who don't want kids to be sterilized and promote by popular culture the joys of not having kids.

7:00AM PDT on Mar 16, 2011

Hi Shanon,

Please let me assure you that this is a very rare occurence now.
The governement has put priviledge for people who have girls and the mentality is changing very quickly.
I have travel a lot in china as I live there and be careful what the media say....they very often write or show you what they want you to see...I KNOW!...and the foreign press is not much better either!!

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