Chinese province lifts limits on family size

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

One province in China, Sichuan, stunningly has announced that it is lifting its legal limit of three children per mother, and for five years there will be no population control.

For years, China enforced, through mandatory abortion and sterilization, a one-child policy.

Then when faced with demographic projections that today’s citizens, as seniors, would have no younger generation to support them, changed it to two children, then three.

A report from Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, now has confirmed the latest change, citing an official announcement on the website of the Health Commission of Sichuan Province.

Also, marriage will no longer be a requirement for giving birth, and women can have as many babies as they want.

She explained, “Since the One Child Policy was instituted in 1980, women in China have been subjected to forced abortion, involuntary sterilization, and infanticide. It is momentous that Sichuan has made this move, even if it is only in one province, and even if it is temporary. Unmarried women and fourth babies will not be forcibly aborted in Sichuan, for five years.”

However, there still remain huge human rights issues to be addressed, she said.

“First, Sichuan is just one province among many. The population of China is 1.4 billion. While the 80 million people in Sichuan are free of coercive population control, what about the myriad of others, who are not? And what will happen after five years – will the CCP re-institute the Three Child Policy?”

She noted secondly, based on the Chinese government’s allegiance to eugenics, “I believe that the motive behind this change in policy is that the Chinese Communist Party wants to increase the Han population.”

Other provinces, where other ethnic populations are the majority, will not benefit from canceling forced abortions, she said.

“The reason the Chinese Communist Party has ended the Three Child Policy in Sichuan is not that they have suddenly repented of their crimes against humanity and evolved a new respect for women and babies. Rather, it is that the CCP is dreading the demographic nosedive it has created through decades of brutal population control policies,” she continued.

“The consequent decrease in the labor force will stifle China’s ability to support its ‘severely aging society.’ Indeed, demographers forecast that by 2035, 400 million people – 30 percent of the population — will be 60 and above. Moreover, the CCP has no ability to support this swiftly aging population.”

Actually, she pointed out, China already lost the war.

“Even if the CCP were to lift all birth restrictions nationwide, this would be too little, too late. Even if China were to have the baby boom it so desperately desires, babies born now will not enter the workforce for decades – too late to stem the tide of China’s imminent demographic disaster.”

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