BEIJING: Nearly 330 million abortions have been performed in China in the 40 years since it first implemented measures to limit population growth in the world's most populous nation, official data showed.
China has announced structural changes to its family planning system which oversees the controversial one-child policy during the ongoing annual meeting of the national legislature in Beijing.
Data posted on the health ministry website earlier this year shows that from 1971 -- shortly before China started encouraging people to have fewer children -- through 2010 a total of 328.9 million abortions were carried out in the country, which has a population of 1.35 billion.
China says that its one-child policy introduced in the early 1980s has prevented overpopulation and boosted economic development. The policy exempts some rural families, ethnic minorities and couples who are both only children.
Calls have increased, however, for the restriction to be phased out as the country's labour pool shrinks and the ranks of the elderly swell. Human rights groups have criticised what they say are harsh enforcement methods.
Under the policy, urban families are generally allowed to have just one child, while rural families may have a second if the first is a girl. Those who contravene the rules must pay a fine.
Last Sunday, the government announced the merger of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, which oversees the policy, with the health ministry in a move state media said was meant to improve, not abandon the one-child policy.
"After the reform, China will adhere to and improve the family planning policy," Ma Kai, secretary general of the State Council, China's cabinet, said when the move was announced, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
The move was included in a report on governmental restructuring submitted to the National People's Congress, the country's legislature, which ends its annual session on Sunday.
China's latest census in 2010 showed that the population could have been 400 million larger if the one-child policy had not been implemented, according to Xinhua.
India also need to learn something from Chinese. Indian political parties has to show some courage to implement the law and rules
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sach (kolkata) replies to WeThePeople
india and implementation??are u crazy.....how will our 'secular' parties tell the muzzis to have one child??india can never ever think of having this law.India can only think of more population and more divide and rule based on caste,religion,region
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umeer (UP) replies to sach
check out the hindu dominent area of UP,MP,bihar,WB ,orrisa and jharkand each one has 5to6 kids doble than muslim which has 2to3..................offical state autority data
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What's wrong with that? India should have started a long time ago. This is a yet another feeble attempt by international media to defame China/Asian countries so that 'THEY' always stay on top.After killing millions worldwide e.g in Holocaust, world wars - now they are talking about 'human rights'- bunch hypocrite b*stards.
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Punjab Da Puttar (Jalandhar) replies to Indian
Your parent should have done the abortion, so that they could save this embarrassment called 'YOU'.
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The silent holocaust of innocent defenseless children...of such magnitude that all mass murders of history pale in comparison.
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anil sharma (Mumbai)
Population Control is NEED of the TIMe in India also with GROWING Population putting tremendious pressure on Resources of the Country , People should be encouraged to go for Family Planning
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Robin Roy (calcutta,India) replies to anil sharma
Growing population in India is mostly of Muslims,they think women is industries of birth childs,and after birth will take care their ALLA,Another reason of high population in India is illegal enter from both Muslim countries Bangladesh & Porkistan.
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Jaggu (Mumbai) replies to Robin Roy
still indian Muslim population in India is 13% officially...may be unofficially its 20%....which is increase of 7%...but what about the rest 80% population..does Muslims have hand in it....If yes, then you are a illegitimate child and if no..then your statement is incorrect...choose which ever you want...
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PM (India) replies to anil sharma
The abortion numbers are more than the current population of USA.
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Kris Kary (Hyderabad)
Our rapidly growing population eating away all the progress of country, but our politicians have no idea or plan to control our growing population. Our vote bank politicians never realize the danger of growing population of our country. In future our country can't meet the demand of schools, hospitals etc.
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Nikhil Hussain (Abu Dhabi)
China has more population than any other country, maybe because their condoms are 'made in china'. ;-)
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x (y) replies to Nikhil Hussain
Your logic reflect your brain, very simplistic.
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Susej halla (India )
India should strictly enforce one child policy to Christains and no child policy to Muslims
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Ahmed.Caliph (pune) replies to Susej halla
120 child policy for Muslims............. Every muslim must marry his maximum quota of 4 wives when she is 18. Produce children every year until she is 48 (total 30 years). Then each family will have (30x4= )120 children. Believe me within one generation we will become majority. We will have the power to IMPLEMENT SHARIA in whole India. Let us start working from tonight brothers and sisters. Peace
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Zaman (India) replies to Susej halla
Why the mention of religion. India should enforce one child policy for everyone irrespective of religion for a good economic and social development.
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China never hesitated to take bold decisions. India has something to learn from China.
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I'm old enough to remember 4 decades ago, the west were complaining that China's population was too big and that some thing has to be done to get the number down. China heeded and implemented the one child policy. After that, the west complaint that the policy violates human rights. I have been asking myself the question, how else can China get the population reduced? Is it possible to do it through education alone, if so how many generation would it takes? Don't forget, China was very poor, baby/children survival rate was low, in these kind of environment it is human instinct to reproduce as many as possible.
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Educated Indian (Mumbai)
We need this in India to stop the muslim from breeding like rabbits
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Ahmed Caliph (Pune)
Govt of India should apply the same in India, specially for muslims.
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KC and Jojo (USA)
Wow, that's more than the population of the United States. China makes me ill.