The Largest Population In The World: Changed Forever

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Today in China, most women would reply, “It’s a rather common occurrence, (like eating) an ordinary kind of food. There’s nothing worth talking about. It’s a very natural thing, like eating and drinking. It’s not against the law. And it’s quite safe to have (an abortion)”, if asked about the topic of abortions and China’s one-child policy. This shows how greatly the policy has affected Chinese and become a part of their daily life. While being controlled by a policy that limits couples to only one child, China faces new issues. Forced abortions, lack of workers, and gender imbalances are few of the many negative outcomes of China’s one-child policy, an attempt to reduce their growing population. Just as the quote has displayed, the policy has changed the reality of the Chinese and has created horrible results that may never be corrected (Scutti). China’s one-child policy has caused irreversible effects, proved to be unnecessary, and is still influencing the world today (Anders).
To begin, the one-child policy was created in 1979 to control China’s booming population. The policy was a result of a rise in the population from 542 million in 1949 to 975 million in 1979. With the loss of their leader, Mao Zedong, in 1976, the government feared not being able to provide for the growing population (Scutti). Therefore, China focused their efforts on controlling the population growth in the mid-1970s with multiple policies. At this time, India and the United States also made efforts to decrease their own populations, such as sterilizations (Anders). With the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1976, birth control and family planning had been promoted and continued to be voluntary until Mao’s death later that same year. Then, when Deng Xiaoping became the new leader, the government increasingly promoted having one to two children over three. Soon afterwards, the limit had become one child per family in 1979, and the policy was finally standardized to limit all citizens to one child nationwide in 1980 (Pletcher). At the beginning of the policy, Deng had established it as a “temporary measure” but may continue indefinitely (Rosenberg). The main goal in the establishment of the policy was to allow the development of the country from poor and isolated to the second largest economy in the world (Coonan). Despite the one-child policy’s purpose to be applied equally, the enforcement of the policy varies. The policy has been adopted for thirty-five years, limiting China’s 1.4 billion citizens to only one healthy child (Scutti). Depending on the region, there were many different applications and exceptions to the policy. For example, people would be exempt from the policy if one parent was a fisherman, if the first child was a girl, etc. Overall, sixty-three percent of Chinese couples were limited to one child (Anders). The policy also restricted ethnic Han Chinese who lived in urban areas, while the policy made an exception to the ethnic...

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