China 's One Child Policy

1227 Words Sep 19th, 2016 5 Pages
The one child policy in the Peoples Republic of China has recently been lifted to allowed families to freely have two children rather than one. This policy, introduced to China in the late 1970’s, was due to a massive baby boom which had taken place in the 1960’s. In the early to late 1950’s the Chinese government had encouraged its citizens to produce children at a rapid rate in the hope of building a larger work force (Managing Population Change Case Study: China). In order to counteract this boom, the 1970’s Chinese government implemented the one child law in the hopes of slowing the birth rates of the rapidly growing population of China. Other positive effects of this law would not only be a lowered population in an extremely overpopulated populated country, but it would also allow more families access to free child care, health care, and education. Although this law sounds fantastic and was placed with a positive out come in mind, the exact opposite effect took place. This policy had many, mostly negative, effects on the lives of the Chinese citizens. The first issue of many was that a thousands of needed, or wanted, to have more than one child and while the law was strict some found ways to bypass the it. One approach was to have one child, not register the birth, have a second child soon after and register them as twins (Eggers 159). Another way to skirt around the law was to have the first child and, if it was a female, not register the first child’s birth then…
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