2012-11-28. China considers easing family planning rules |

posted Dec 24, 2012, 11:57 AM by Alan Gould
By Michael Martina, Reuters. Relevant to GSS Population Growth, chapter 6. Excerpt:   (Reuters) - China is considering changes to its one-child policy,… with government advisory bodies drafting proposals in the face of a rapidly ageing society in the world's most populous nation. Proposed changes would allow for urban couples to have a second child, even if one of the parents is themselves not an only child, …. Under current rules, urban couples are permitted a second child if both parents do not have siblings. Looser restrictions on rural couples means many have more than one child. …Zhang [Weiqing, the former head of the National Population and Family Planning Commission], who serves on China's congressional advisory body, said …"China's population policy has always taken into account demographic changes but any fine-tuning to the policy should be gradual and consider the situation in different areas" …Critics say [the one-child policy] also has fuelled forced abortions and increased social tension stemming from an imbalance in the number of boys and girls. Though forced abortions are illegal in China, officials have long been known to compel women to have the procedures to meet birth-rate targets. This year, debate over the country's strict family planning rules erupted after a woman in the northwestern province of Shaanxi was forced by officials to have an abortion after seven months of pregnancy. …And some say the policy is no longer necessary because the cost of raising children in an increasingly prosperous society is already holding down birth rates. …. Read the full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/28/us-china-family-idUSBRE8AR06A20121128
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