[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Live Action.]
By Nancy Flanders
According to Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party-affiliated news site, China has altered its population control program by telling couples they are now allowed to give birth to three children, as the country faces the challenges of an aging population, an impending economic crisis, and a heavily-skewed male to female ratio.
“China’s move from a two-child policy to a three-child policy is nothing to celebrate,” said Reggie Littlejohn, Founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. “China should abolish all coercive population control. It is not the business of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to ‘allow’ couples, or single women, to have children of whatever number.
“A three-child policy keeps the ‘womb police’ in business. They will still be tracking women’s fertility and birth, and punishing those who find themselves ‘illegally pregnant.’”
Littlejohn added that a 2020 Radio Asia report found that an average of eight million “extra” babies are aborted in China every year. The new policy, she pointed out, only applies to couples, which means single women who become pregnant will still be forced to abort their babies, and any couple who becomes pregnant with a fourth child will also be forced to abort. “These gross violations of women’s rights and human rights must be stopped,