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China Revises Decades-Old One-Child Law, Allows Two Children for Every Couple

CNN reports the Chinese government has issued a new decree advocating “that one couple shall be allowed to have two children.” Effective January 1, 2016, the Law on Population and Family Planning “effectively dismantles the remnants of the country’s infamous one-child policy.”

The new law comes in response to China’s aging population problem. Studies show that by 2030 at current rates, China could have the largest group of elderly citizens in the entire world “with more than 400 million people over the age of 60.” But after three decades of the strict one-child policy, will China embrace the two-child policy? figures released in January 2015 suggested that fewer people than expected were taking the plunge and expanding their family.

But after three decades of the strict one-child policy, will China embrace the two-child policy? Figures released in January 2015 suggested that fewer people than expected were taking the plunge and expanding their family. It seems doubtful, “as figures released in January 2015 suggested that fewer people than expected were taking the plunge and expanding their family.”

While some celebrate the law, human rights activists say it doesn’t go far enough because “the state has no business regulating how many children people have.”

What do you think? Is China’s policy change a good thing or does it not go far enough?

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Gwendolyn Sims

Gwendolyn Sims

Gwendolyn Sims is a Conservatarian surrounded by CA crazies. 9/11 was her Day of Awakening and she's been waking up others ever since. God, her teenage boys, her rocket scientist husband, her two dogs, her 14lb cat, volleyball, and the Buckeyes are her life. She hopes to get back to them all after the 2020 elections. Follow Gwendolyn on Twitter at @scvbuckeye.

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