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By Kevin Mercado

11/3/15


China’s decade-old policy of limiting a family to one child has ended, but I don’t think that is enough.

The New York Times reported recently that the Chinese Communist Party leadership decided to revise a policy from the 1970s which limited a Chinese family to only one child. The policy will now allow a family to have up to two children.

Chris Buckley, author of the article, said, “The decision was a dramatic step away from a core Communist Party position that Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese leader who imposed the policy in the late 1970s, once said was needed to ensure that ‘the fruits of economic growth are not devoured by population growth.’”

In 2013, according to the New York Times, the policy was eased a bit allowing a family to have two children if one of the parents was an only child, though oftentimes the parents would refuse to have a second child on their own saying it would be too expensive to raise two children in the Chinese economy.

Perhaps coming from a larger family gives me a different outlook on the bearing of children, but it seems ludicrous to take away the right of a couple to bear more than one child.

It has also severely affected the male-to-female ratio in China, favoring boys and men.

However, I suppose this new policy is a step in the right direction. The Chinese Communist leaders are giving the Chinese population more power over their own human rights.

Buckley writes, “Thursday’s announcement was the highlight of a party meeting at which President Xi Jinping sought to display his control over a flagging economy after a jittery summer of tepid indicators, deepening skepticism about official data and a tumultuous slide in the stock market.”

This policy change is going to have a drastic change on population in China as well as the funds necessary to support more children. Buckley reports, “Abolishing the one-child policy would ‘increase labor supply and ease pressures from an aging population,’ the National Health and Family Planning Commission, which enforces the policy, said in a statement issued after the party meeting. ‘This will benefit sustained and healthy economic development,’ the commission said.”

This is most certainly necessary for the development of China’s freedom laws. However, I still fear that the Chinese would still not exercise this new law. The old policy has been ingrained in the culture for a long time and may be hard to break out of.

As much as I would love to see the Chinese population grow from this new law, it is solely up to the people of China to make the decision to have more than one child.

My second fear is that this just simply isn’t enough.

Allowing families to have another child is better than just the one, but still is far too limiting on people’s freedom to bear children.

Perhaps the American perspective plays a huge factor in how I perceive this law, but I still feel like having children is a personal decision that should be made solely by the partners having children.

Chinese policy has taken a necessary move toward a limitless world, but they are just not moving quick enough.

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