China Creates Another Exception to the 'One Child' Rule

The Chinese
to further relax its restrictions on reproduction by
allowing families living in cities to have two children if one
parent has no siblings. The so-called “one child” policy already
makes exceptions for urban parents when both are single children,
for rural couples whose first child is a girl, and for certain
ethnic groups. The shift is part of the government’s grudging
acknowledgment that its draconian limits on family size, supposedly
necessary to prevent overpopulation, have had serious unintended
consquences, including a lopsided ratio of old to young and a
shortage of women (the result of sex-selective abortions by
boy-preferring parents). “By 2050, more than a quarter of the
population will be over 65,” the BBC reports. “By
the end of the decade, demographers say China will have 24 million
‘leftover men’ who, because of China’s gender imbalance, will not
be able to find a wife.” As Vice President Joe Biden explained
a couple of years, ago, the “one child” policy is “not

It also happens to be cruel,
tyrannical, and in many instances appallingly brutal.
Although Diane Francis and Thomas Friedman may
be upset
, anyone who values liberty and human dignity should
welcome what appears to be the gradual (very gradual) reversal of a
policy that entails violating people’s basic rights on a huge

In a 2007 Reason article, I
the relationship between China’s reproductive
restrictions and its international adoption program.

from Hit & Run

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