posted on May, 29 2008 @ 03:57 AM
There are indeed cases of "forceful abortion". The case cited from Times by BigfatApe is true. Chinese scholars found that forceful abortion makes
even deeper psychological damage to women than rape. "Forceful abortion" is absolutely forbidden by law and actually those men who did that in the
case above were put in jail.
China is a difficult country to run. Demorgraphical problem is one of the difficulties. Athough China has an area as large as US,at least half of the
land is not suitable for living. In villages, each peasant family can only have a very small farming land. There is just no enough resource to support
a larger population.
Actually Chinese family planning policy is not strictly a one-child policy. Quite a large portion of he population can have more than one child. Those
couples living in big cities are subject to one-child limit if they are not ethnic monority people, but there are still some exemptions. Actually
different provinces now have quite different policies.
Basically there is no large scale resistence in china because most people who subject to strict one-child limit are just those who don't want to have
many children (more accurately, they can't afford having more than one child in cities).
The punishment is basically just a large sum of fine (they don't call it fine but "social fosterage fee"). Government servants, if breach the
policy, will never be promoted. So those people who have high income and working for foreign firms may just pay the fine and have several children.
Some people just migrate to other countries and change their nationality to have more children. Hence, a new kind of inequality in China, elite people
are able to circumvant the policy quite easily.
Anyway, the familiy planning policy has passed its most difficult time. Most provinces are relaxing it slowly.
By the way, children without brothers and sisters can make friends in their kindergardens and schools. I don't really think there is a serious
"litter emperor" problem. In the recent Chinese earthquake, people found that those children including only children were amazingly brave and
willing to help their schoolmates.
[edit on 29-5-2008 by qiulin]