Marlowe's Shade

Monday, January 09, 2006

China to Continue "One Child" Policy

From LifeNews

An official in the Chinese government delivered news on Friday that's a concern to pro-life and human rights activists across the globe: China will not abandon it's coercive one-child population control policy in the coming years.

Zhang Weiqing, minister of the State Commission of Population and Family Planning, said the one-child policy is a long-term government program to curb China's growing population. He said the population control policy will appear in the nation's 11th Five-Year Plan, covering 2006-2010, and beyond.

The policy has been attacked by pro-life and human rights groups because of the numerous abuses that have developed under it. Women have been subjected to forced abortions and husband and wives to forced sterilizations.

Those who violate the policy have been forced to pay fines totaling months or years worth of salary, have been imprisoned, lost their jobs, and have seen family members assaulted or abducted who are hiding couples with more than one child.

This disastrous policy combined with a cultural gender preference for males has reportedly produced a "surplus" of 20 million boys over and and above the female population. The social effects on China will be devastating, but the corrupt Communist system still prefers to have less people to manage despite the inevitable problems this will create.
papijoe 10:04 AM