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China and Government Intrusion

            On January 1, 2016, China's citizens got news most have been waiting to hear. "The state advocates that one couple shall be allowed to have two children," according to the newly revised Law on Population and Family Planning. Meaning, all couples are granted rights to bore two children without the consequence of fines or penalties such as forced abortion. Many of China's citizens were astounded with the news of now being able to have two children. Meanwhile, some new they were financially unable to provide for a second child. The government should not be able to regulate the family size, force abortions or sterilization among citizens, or require citizens pay a fine of $12,000 or higher after meeting the two-child mark.
             China's government should not be able to regulate some children within a married couple. The reason seems clear. The population is beginning to age, and jobs are shrinking. The New York times says, "China's working-age population, those 15 to 64, grew by at least 100 million people from 1990 until a couple of years ago. Now, about 10 percent of the population is 65 or older, and according to earlier estimates, that proportion is likely to reach 15 percent by 2027 and 20 percent by 2035." The one-child policy rule is blamed to have created the gender imbalance due to families preferring males over females as their first and only child, eventually making it impossible for reproduction. .
             The two-child policy is not believed to improve or abolish the imbalance of genders in China because families will continue to favor boys over girls. While the one-child policy was in play, women would infanticide to ensure they would have a son since the traditional rural families favored boys over girls. "To promote a balanced growth of population, China will continue to uphold the national basic policy of population control and improve its strategy on population development," Xinhua reported, citing a communique issued by the ruling Communist Party.

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