Should The One Child Policy Be Reinstated?

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Priya Ragnauth
Ms. Hart
Global II - G period
22 March 2017
Should the One Child Policy in China be reinstated? Throughout history, populations have gradually become larger due to an increase in resources, such as food, water, minerals. Various countries have dealt with the struggles that come with overpopulation, like China. China was one of these countries that were experiencing negative impacts on having a large population, such as man-made famines. In order to control and downsize the population, many efforts were made in creating policies that would help to do so. One of these policies was the One Child Policy, introduced in 1978 by Deng Xiaoping and the Communist Party, where every family was allowed only one child. Despite China’s
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The success from this policy led to the alleviation of some of the problems of rapid population growth. However, the policy of having one child in China should not be reinstated. China were introduced to more problems when the One Child Policy was being enforced. During the 1980s, harsh measures were implemented, such as forced sterilizations, large fines, and forced abortions for those who refused to abide by the rules set forth through the One Child Policy. Abortions in the China started to exponentially increase. SInce many women were allowed to have only one child, they would try to control the gender composition of their child(Guo). Medical advances allowed for procedures, such as ultrasounds, to help determine the sex of their fetus, which eventually led to late abortions because of the dissatisfaction of their child. Late abortions were held during the second trimester of the pregnancy, which was very harmful to a women’s health, but this is when the gender of the child was most accurate and visible (Guo). The use of technologies was not regulated which allowed for the Chinese people to be involved in human engineering efforts to have a better family to their choosing. Because families were able to control their children’s gender composition, they opted to have a son. This was due to the benefits a male son would bring to his family, including labor and financial support. The benefits that came with having a son led to a huge son preference when it
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