China considering change in "one-child" policy?
July 23, 2012
Pressure is mounting for a change in China’s brutal “one-child” population policy, the New York Times reports.
Stories about forcible abortions have sparked international outrage. But the Times notes:
Pressure to alter the policy is building on other fronts as well, as economists say that China’s aging population and dwindling pool of young, cheap labor will be a significant factor in slowing the nation’s economic growth rate.
Legal scholars, as well as economists and human-rights advocates, have entered the discussion. “I think the right to have children is the right of a citizen,” says one Chinese law professor, expressing a view that the government, to date, has clearly rejected.
- Reports of Forced Abortions Fuel Push to End Chinese Law (New York Times)
- Chinese officials pay damages to woman forced into late-term abortion (CWN, 7/12)