Sep 21, 2010

China to lift one child ban

by Abby Armbruster

 

For years, China has been responsible for population control in an extremely strong measure: allowing every family to only have one child.  Now, China is re-thinking their strategy, since the strict ban has prevented 400 million births since 1979.

Families who live in rural communities can have a second child as long as the first child was a girl, according to the 1979 law. The original one-child ban was only supposed to be in effect for 30 years to control the population that China could handle, according to USA Today. 

In five provinces that currently have low birth rates, China will lift the one-child rule as long as at least one spouse is an only child. 

All of China should be on board with the ban lift by 2014, according to USA Today. 

Currently, the girl-to-boy ratio in China is 100:119, whereas 10 years ago, the ratio was 100:110, according to the Christian Science Monitor. 

The lift of the one-child rule is a breath of fresh air to people under the Communist regime. 

However, before one can breathe deeply, China extended their so-called helping hand to keep their population under 1.45 billion people by 2020, and it is safe to assume that goal would be met by any means necessary.  

Currently, if a family attempts to have more than one child, fines are given with alternative options including forced abortions and sterilizations.  

One woman who is eight months pregnant with her second child is likely to be fined $30,000 for her child, according to USA Today. 

With the population continually rising in China, 2020 is a looming year for overpopulation to ensue. 

The generation of boys that are in elementary school will be scrounging for wives, all while the fight for babies to be born is ongoing. 

As much as China’s population should not overrun the rest of the planet, the killing of children should not be the solution to overpopulation. 

If a family can provide for more than one child, especially if they can afford the steep fines, the family should have full permission to have more than one child. A system could be put in place to prove that a family can provide the proper nutrition, shelter and other necessities instead of immediately resorting to sterilizations or forced abortions. 

With the qualifier of “at least one spouse must be an only child,” there is no evidence to show how many families this will affect in China.  Many families could have come from only-child homes, but there are no verified statistics. 

Until China can come up with a more sound solution, babies are still at the front lines of this pandemic. 

Population control, even at the cost of fleeting resources, should not be the end-all goal in China’s eyes, especially not at the cost of innocent lives. 

 

ARMBRUSTER IS THE OPINION EDITOR.


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