China’s one child policy continues on

Posted: 2010/09/25 in Blog

Does a government have the right to limit procreation?  30 years ago, the People’s Republic of China decided that the answer was yes, and since then, chinese families have been limited to one child per family.  The PRC government stated that it would reduce starvation and unemployment while boosting the economy.  The families were outraged that they were unable to establish the family that they dreamed of.

The People’s Republic of China introduced the 30 year policy in 1978 as a way to alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems in China; they have now announced that the policy will continue through at least 2015.  A variety of fines and penalties are levied against any family having more than one child.  If a parent has a state level job, they will loose this job and the fines usually knock the family into poverty.  Interestingly, the PRC is less stringent on minorities and may allow certain ethnic minority classes two or three children to promote affirmative action policies in favor of ethnic minotiries.  The PRC has reportic positive impacts on heealth care, individual savings rates, and economic growth.

The majority of the world views the People’s Republic of China One Child poilicy as a violation of the human right to determine the size of own’s own policy.  As the generations effected by this policy have ages, it is being notwed that single children have more difficulty caring for two parents in their old age.  Many children were carried to term as the parent couldn’t abort and then orphaned the child, which has caused a rise of orphans in the PRC.  More wealthy families have turned to fertility medicines that increase the chance of mulitple births as there is no penalty to families that have twins, triplets, …etc.  This policy has caused a global outcry, starting in China.

So what’s my take on it?  I think that the PRC has the right idea, but went about it wrong.  Population growth by us ‘breeders’ has caused a horrible strain on the system.  Many young women today know that if they have enough children, they can ‘live off the system’ the way it has been established.  I do not think that it is the governments place to place a built in limit on procreation.  I do, however, believe that it’s within their rights to promote population control ideas and stop rewarding families that procreate beyond their own means to support said family.  I know that this runs into another one of those church issues with many Christian beliefs stating that birth control is sacralige, but i’m a big pusher of seperation of church and state, as many of my readers already know.  I think that two children per couple is a fair number, but shouldn’t be mandated policy.  I also think that there should not be financial reward beyond two children on taxes.

So, what does everyone else think?

  1. Stacey says:

    I don’t know. It bothers me that people who add to the population problem are rewarded with tax cuts. I wouldn’t penalize people with 2 or less children, but I don’t know that I’d reward them either.

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