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China to Keep One-Child Policy

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist An official of China's National Population and Family Planning Commission has issued a statement saying the government has decided to continue its one-child policy which prohibits most couples from having any more than one child. CNN is reporting that Li Bin, who heads the commission, issued a statement expressing "profound gratitude to all the people in particular for their support of the national course" and said they had decided to "stick to the family-planning policy in the coming decades." China's family planning program is the most draconian in existence and has resulted in the loss of an estimated 400 million children. Because the country's culture naturally favors boys, the program has led to widespread infanticide of female babies which has caused severe population imbalances. In addition, the slaughter of an entire generation of people has resulted in an aging workforce which has begun to hurt the country's ability to compete in manufacturing. As a result, many manufacturing companies are leaving China and moving their operations to other countries. Human Life International's Director of International Coordination, Joseph Meaney, strongly condemned the decision to maintain the policy. "The Chinese government is stubbornly persisting in leading their country into a demographic disaster with their population control policy," said Meaney. "It is simply incomprehensible that the Chinese National Population and Family Planning Commission can seriously mean to extend this destructive policy for an unspecified number of decades into the future. China's population is currently projected to start shrinking in absolute numbers by 2026, but the coerced low fertility of Chinese women means that the Peoples' Republic of China is one of the fastest ageing societies in the world." At present, there are four "grandparents" for every one child in China, Meaney writes. " What is the Chinese government's economic plan for paying the pensions of these hundreds of millions of elderly persons?" asked Meaney. "One shudders to think what draconian measures will be implemented by the Chinese government once it becomes fully apparent that they cannot financially support the millions of disabled and elderly persons who are no longer seen as contributing to society. Coercive euthanasia cannot be far behind their renewed commitment to coercive abortion and birth control." © All Rights Reserved, Living His Life Abundantly®/Women of Grace®