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Is China’s New ‘Two-Child’ Policy Just as Bad?

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.

Though the change in policies will allow millions of families to grow, critics of China’s population mandate say that regulating the number of children a couple can have is itself a tremendous human rights concern.

“Despite the platitudes given to China for the recently announced two-child-per-couple policy, the pernicious structure of coercion remains completely in effect,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told CBN news.

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Even organizations that traditionally come down on opposite sides of life issues have united against the new policy. Along with opposition from the Vatican and many Christian pro-life groups, Planned Parenthood has become a vocal opponent of China’s policy.

Smith said, “This is nothing less than state-sponsored violence against women and girls.”

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