China Officials Examine Incrementally Dropping Forced Abortion One-Child Policy

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 28, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 28
, 2008

Beijing, China ( — Chinese officials are examining the possibility of incrementally changing the one-child family planning policy that has resulted in extensive human rights abuses such as forced abortions and sterilizations. In the 1970s, the Asian nation instituted the policy, which allows just one child per family in metropolitan areas and two in rural parts.

Vice Minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission Zhao Baige talked with reporters on Wednesday.

"We want incrementally to have this change," he said, according to a Reuters report.

There is no word on if or when the policy change will come about and Chinese officials appear willing to go no further than simply studying the matter at the present time.

"I cannot answer at what time or how, but this has become a big issue among decision makers," Zhao added. "The attitude is to do the studies, to consider it responsibly and to set it up systematically."

The family planning program has resulted in a highly skewed male-female ratio that has caused significant social problems and sets up the nation to be unable to provide for its aging population.

China’s Family Planning Association reported in August that the male-female ratio in most of the cities in the Asian nation is alarmingly skewed because of sex-selection abortions and infanticides.

The practices have run rampant in response to the coercive one-child family planning policy the nation instituted. With most of the residents of China allowed just one baby per family, residents are following their cultural preferences and trying to have boys instead of girls.

They’ve resorted to sex-selection abortions and infanticides as a result and that has caused the disproportionate percentage of boys to girls to skyrocket.

The organization says the gender imbalance has reached such a high figure that it has exceeded the recommendations of the United Nations.

It said abortion is the cause of the gender imbalance — which has already led to the selling of girl babies, forced marriages, sexual slavery, an increase in crime and a host of other social problems.

Long-term, a nation of mostly men will find themselves without partners and experts predict serious mental health issues and other negative effects. It will also lead to fewer children supporting their older parents and grandparents and a potential financial collapse or poverty as a result.