By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
NEW YORK, September 6 (C-FAM) With its announcement of possible reforms, China has implicitly admitted its forty year-old one child per-family policy has been a failure.
The rules led to draconian abuses. There were an estimated 336 million abortions, including forced abortions and sterilizations at the hands of a powerful and intrusive family planning establishment, controlling the most intimate aspects of Chinese life.
A rising callousness toward children and family has been attributed to the policy. Each year thousands of children are abandoned, and thousands more thought to be kidnapped and sold. So many abandoned babies die that the government set up “cottages” where parents can leave their children, mostly baby girls.