» 10/07/2009, 00.00
Populous China with infertility problems, made worse by abortion and one-child policy
Semi-official data indicate that 40 million couples, one in eight, have difficulties in having children. Fertility treatment often fails. For experts, this is the outcome of the ‘one-child’ policy, too many abortions and obesity.
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Some 13 million abortions performed outside of China’s one-child policy
The overall number comes from hospital data, but it is likely higher because it does not take into account private clinics. Young unmarried women turn to abortion as a means of contraception. In the meantime a public debate is underway in the country about possible changes to the policy. A book with analyses by Chinese rights advocate Harry Wu on the negative impact of the one-child policy is published in Italy.
Shanghai government calls for more children or the city will collapse
By the end of the year, a third of all residents will be 60 and over. Forgetting 35 years of the country's violent one-child policy, an official with the Family Development Bureau blames women who choose a career over family for the problem. The existing hukou system of family registration, which penalises migrant workers, comes in for criticism.
New census: unfettered urbanisation in an aging China
Figures from the 2010 Census show fewer people under 14 and more over 60. Migrant workers number 220 million. Despite growing criticism, the Communist party reiterates support for the one-child policy.
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