State-Controlled Parenting Still the Rule of Law in China
China may have ended it's one-child policy but it appears the threat of terror hanging over Chinese mothers and fathers is far from over.
In testimony this week at a joint commitee of Congress, Reggie Littlejohn, with Women's Rights Without Frontiers, explained how the new policy will still mean tight state control over parenting in China.
"Noticeably absent from the Chinese Communist party's announcement is any mention of human rights," Littlejohn said.
The decision changes a 35-year system that has been blamed for altering the gender balance, forcing women to have abortions, and bringing about a rapidly aging workforce.
"The Chinese Communist Party has not suddenly developed a conscience or grown a heart," Littlejohn said at the hearing. "Even though it will now allow all couples to have a second child, China has not promised to end forced abortion, forced sterilization, or forced contraception."
"Let us not abandon the women of China who continue to face forced abortion, and the baby girls of China, who continue to face sex-selective abortion and abandonment under the new Two-Child Policy," she continued. "The one-child policy does not need to be modified. It needs to be abolished."
The Communist Party's ruling to end the "one child" policy is considered one of the most significant in its efforts to ease population restrictions, which have gradually relaxed over the years.