China's New Two-Child Policy
By: Becca Stone
When China's One-Child Policy Began
1970-1976: Many countries had been worried about their growth in Population and China, as well apprehensive about their population had taken this to the extreme. China had run a birth control campaign that had come out successful and had cut the population growth by half during this time.
1979: During this time, the Chinese government had started to introduce a policy that made it necessary for China's Han minority to have only one child in their family.
1980: During this time, the policy about having one child had now come into full effect. A letter was issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and this letter had a goal to curb the population by bringing it down 1.2 million people by the end of the 20th century.
Enforcing the Law
Many of the other things that the government would do was to have inspections of families homes to make sure that they were not hiding other children and forced abortions.
Turning to the Two Child Policy
2013: China relaxed its policy for parents who were parents of one child and one parent was a only child, to have two children
January 2016: China has allowed Chinese couples to have two children in their homes dismissing the 35 year old one child policy that they used to have
Before changing the policy, many parents who had children that were unregistered stood outside of China's National family planning offices and protested. According to the article, many people were holding signs saying that their children were "motherland's flower and should be treated differently." Most of the protestors included parents of children and grandparents and they were protesting for the government to remove their fines.
Questions I have about this topic
-When Rural areas had two children, did they have to register both of them?