China Ends One-Child Policy, Allowing Families Two Children

Chinese Flag pd-compressedBEIJING (New York Times) Driven by fears that an aging population could jeopardize China’s economic ascent, the Communist Party leadership ended its decades-old “one child” policy on Thursday, announcing that all married couples would be allowed to have two children.

The decision was a dramatic step away from a core Communist Party position that Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese leader who imposed the policy in the late 1970s, once said was needed to ensure that “the fruits of economic growth are not devoured by population growth.”

For China’s leaders, the controls were a triumphant demonstration of the party’s capacity to reshape even the most intimate dimensions of citizens’ lives. But they bred intense resentment over the brutal intrusions involved, including forced abortions and crippling fines, especially in the countryside.

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  • FoJC_Forever

    So, the third child would have to be aborted to accommodate the new law. This isn’t a victory for Good, just a tweak to a heinous law which takes human life in the name of convenience and economics.

    Judgement is coming.

    • Cosmic Mastermind

      No, fortunately not. It’s true that forced abortions have happened in China, and a hell of a lot more often than the Chinese Government would care to admit, but the “one child policy” has always had exceptions, the one child policy applied mainly to the large Cities, not to rural areas, and parents with high incomes could pay a fee to legally have a larger family.

    • John_33

      I absolutely agree with you, but victories sometimes come in steps. If they go from one to two, then this may be the tipping point where they discard it altogether.

    • Uzza

      Judgement is coming all right, in the form of melting icecaps and rising seas