China Rethinks One Child Policy

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China’s one child per family rule is getting a second look because of population demographic shifts.

China’s one child per family rule is getting a second look because of population demographic shifts.

The number of working age people in China is significantly decreasing, so the Family Planning Commission is looking at whether or not to change the policy, so that a family can have more than one child if either the mother or the father is an only child.

Initial changes to the policy are expected to be enacted next year, and may be expanded to include all families within several years.

Jun Ma from Deutsche Bank said: “As tens of millions of sibling-less people in China are now entering their child-bearing age, we expect this policy shift would induce a baby boom.”

Implementation of the one child policy began in 1971, and has reportedly caused around 336 million abortions, and 222 million sterilizations.

There are exceptions to the current policy like farmers being allowed to have two children if the first is a girl, or having to pay a fine to be able to keep a second child.

But there have been human rights abuses like forced abortions and botched surgeries.

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