Every few years news reports trumpet the Chinese government is loosening it’s brutal one child policy. This week’s announcement that China will allow adults who are only-children to have a second child, while reported as “dramatic,” is a mere tweaking to a massive, abusive program with thousands of individual enforcers who profit handsomely from the policy.
This months – one day after the announcement – Chinese officials quickly downplayed the tweak, saying changing the one-child policy would be too disruptive.
“The basic policy of family planning will need to be upheld over the long term and we cannot rest up on this,” Wang Peian posted on China’s health ministry website.
Population Research Institute has conducted illuminating investigations in China. Note this report that the second-child restriction is more broad than the new policy change addresses:
2. Those who meet the requirements for having a second child, but fail to meet the required waiting period (between births) and where the woman has not yet reached the age of 28 years of age when giving birth, both parties involved will be individually assessed a “social compensation fee” based on an unit calculated from a year’s salary for urban dwellers and based on a year’s income after expenses for rural dwellers. For each year early (that they have given birth) they will be assessed a CSRC Fee equal to 25% of their annual salary or income. A partial year shall be calculated as if it is a full year.
China’s one-child regime is rewarded by UNFPA, which assists and provides resources, like computers, for China’s family planning agency to do its invasive, brutal work. UNFPA receives the bulk of its funding from Western countries. What few strings are attached to this funding, such prohibiting funding of abortion, UNFPA easily evades by passing money through to other organizations like International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes and China’s family planning agency.
UNFPA claims its cooperation with China reduces coercion. Yet in the decades of UNFPA’s partnership with China, beginning with helping create the one-child policy, the reports from inside China only get more horrific. The recent spate of pictures, sneaked out through social networking sites, of mothers and their bloodied babies, the victims of forced late-term abortions, have shocked the world.
The fact that this trifling new change of allowing parents who are only-children to have a second child is considered “dramatic” should put to rest any claim that UNFPA reduced coercion throughout the last 30 years it’s been working hand-in-hand with China.
China’s reported change in policy is attributed to economics and an aging population. The massive drop in working-age people is harming economic growth, and the tipping scales of elderly people places unsustainable burdens on the economy and families, the basic social institution for individual well-being.
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Wang would not say when the new policy would begin, and each province will decide. Since the enforcers in each province benefit from the one-child policy, financially and with the ability to exert brute power over others, there is little hope that this change is not mere words to ease international embarrassment.
We’ll know China makes a serious change when the government abolishes all fines for any pregnancies/births and harshly punishes kidnapping/baby selling. This would dry up billions of dollars in incentives for the enforcers. (In just 19 provinces, some in the poorest parts of the country, an estimated $2.7 billion was collected in fines.)
Along with that, eliminating all punishments/penalties for any child, and discarding the family planning regime, which is so rife with corruption and abuse it cannot be redeemed.
LifeNews Note: Wendy Wright writes for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. This article originally appeared in the pro-life group’s Turtle Bay and Beyond blog and is used with permission.