A think tank in China is urging an end to the country's
one-child policy, but it remains unclear whether that effort
is real or propaganda.
Steve Mosher of the Population Research
Institute (PRI) is pleased that someone in China is "courageous
enough to point out that the one-child policy is a disaster."
"Now, of course, the government think tank is not talking about
400 million women who have been aborted under duress; they're not
talking about massive human rights violations," Mosher notes.
"But they are pointing out that there are tens of millions of
little girls who have died because of this policy, and they are
recommending the gradual abandonment of the policy."
But expanding to two children per family, which is what the
think tank has recommended, still means forced abortions for a
third child, or those "who get pregnant with a child out of
"You know, there are no illegitimate births in China today
because a young woman who's not married cannot get permission from
the government to have a child," the PRI president explains. "So
all illegitimate pregnancies are terminated by the state without
Still, Mosher believes the think tank's recommendation is a step
in the right direction. He says the government needs to get out of
the population control business but does not expect improvement
with the incoming leader of China.
Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers told
OneNewsNow in September she did not believe a report that
the country is ending its forced abortion and sterilization policy.
"I think that this is propaganda that the Chinese Communist Party
is using to deflect the tremendous turmoil that happened over the
forced abortion of Feng Jianmei," she stated.