This fall, officials in China started phasing out the country’s “one-child” policy. But in its place, a new law still limits couples' birthing rights: Now, Chinese couples can have two children.
First introduced in 1978, the controversial population control measures affected tens of millions of families. Penalties for violation were dramatic: pay an exorbitant fine or have a state-enforced abortion.
Forced abortions, sterilizations and mandatory birth control measures became commonplace, but the one-child policy also led to a massive gender gap. Read More