China's One Child Policy Essay

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One Child Policy Over population has been a global issue for decades. Medical advances have made it possible for people to live longer and have multiple births, which are just some of the factors contributing to this social problem. Many countries have attempted to battle this issue, but none as intensely as China. China allows the government to have full control over family planning to help reduce the population. In 1979 China created a policy called the "One Child Law" which limits couples to only one child. Although the Chinese government hopes to curb the population boom and benefit society, the One Child Policy has morally questionable results, negative impacts on Chinese society, which should be changed. China originally created…show more content…
Between 1982 and 1983 women who already had one child were compelled by the government to use birth control. Women who were pregnant and the government did not authorize it had to sustain an abortion. By 1982, charges of coercion against couples who had an unauthorized birth and a second child were heard, and punishment rather than incentives were being used to enforce the policy (Guo). However, China's efforts at population control have met with some success. The policy has been in effect for nearly thirty years. In that time, China has been able to successfully reduce the population rate; even though they are still the most populated country on the earth. Without the policy, officials estimate a population of 1.2 billion by 1986 and 1.5 billion by 1994 (Guo). Earlier this year studies show, China’s population erratically increased in city parts of China where most civilians reside. The One Child Policy benefits society by reducing the chances of poverty rates and famine. It also enables families to fully concentrate on spending their resources on one child, such as furthering their education and ensuring health benefits (Milwertz 34). The policy also helps women concentrate on their education as well as careers, avoiding emphasis on staying home with their kids (Milwertz 34). Although the policy was a success for some time, the One Child Policy has many negative effects on Chinese society. The One Child Policy creates many social problems. Gender imbalance is

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