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Matt605, I wish you'd back up your theories with some concrete evidence. Helen of Troy may or may not have existed, and Condi Rice didn't start the war in Iraq. |
Anyway, I'm doing my thesis on China's one-child policy, and I've come across some interesting facts. The policy is enforced in varying degrees across the provinces, with rural and ethnic minority groups being given more of a chance to have more than one child. The gov't offers a monetary incentive/reward for these families that have only one child so they can support themselves better. While technically women aren't supposed to know the gender of the baby until its birth, there are many illegal ultrasound machines out there with doctors who will tell them if it's a boy or a girl. Also, many women don't necessarily want to abort girls, but they often feel pressure from their in-laws or husbands. I've heard it said that a girl is good to have around, because they can listen to the mother's stories and help the mother with the housework.
In general, the policy was a necessary measure, it seems, but it has resulted in some unfortunate events, such as the rising ratio between birthrate of girls and boys, and some forced abortions or sterilizations. There's also the whole question of what will happen to these single children (often urban) when they begin to have kids--will they have the requisite life skills to raise their own children? Very interesting topic indeed!