Hurray for babies! China has officially decided to end its decades-long one-child policy. The country’s officials have opted to change the extremely controversial policy and allow two children per family now. Such amazing news!
In a massive landmark move, China decided on Oct. 29 to scrap their three decade long one-child policy and allow families two children. The policy, which was first implemented in 1979, came with disgusting punishments for those families who did not obey the strict law — like forced abortions.
After a four-day meeting from China’s Central Committee, they came to the decision to approved plans to allow all couples to have two children, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. So, how many births did the controversial policy prevent? Well, “estimated to have prevented about 400 million births,” according to BBC News. Sadly, couples who violated the previous strict policy faced all sorts of cruel punishments, from fines and the loss of employment to even forced abortions. So awful.
The new ruling came about after concern for China’s aging population hit senior officials, and many have been calling for a change to the rules. It seems that about 30% of China’s population is over the age of 50 and that worried them. They want to reverse the rapid aging of the labor force. Yet, some demographers and economists say that a new two-child policy will do little to change China’s economic course. The outlet claims the new policy comes too late to solve a looming labor crisis.
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