China's One Child Policy

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In 2004 the Congress of the United States was forced to focus on an incident that occurred as a result of China’s One Child Policy. Mao Hengfeng “troubles with the Chinese government began in the late 1980s when, pregnant for a second time, she asked her work unit to provide larger housing for her growing family. This was refused on the grounds that she was in violation of China's one-child policy,” (Baillot). To battle the indecencies that she felt that were directed towards her, Mao Hengfeng began to fight against the social injustice that she and others faced under the one child policy. “Probably in retaliation for a hunger strike and protests, Mrs. Mao was confined to a psychiatric facility for six days in February 1989, during which she was given drugs intended to induce an abortion, which failed,” (Baillot). According to a source, Marion Bailott reported that when Mao Hengfeng returned from her confinement Mao Hengfeng was released for “missing too many days of work,” (Baillot). Mrs. Hengfeng finding the dismissal from work wrongful, filed and won a suit but lost on appeal and has since been forced to have abortions. Mao Hengfeng was righteous heroine in her act and has been "a victim of forced abortion whose ongoing attempts to receive justice have resulted in her sentencing to 18 months of hard labor, during which she has been tortured, denied vitally needed medicine,” a fate that has been ill placed (Bailott). The One Child Policy was a law passed in China restraining families to only having one child to promote population stability and the welfare of the Chinese people. Though the One Child Policy enables China to maintain a population that could be sustained under the government, the way in which the policy is enforced... ... middle of paper ... ...5. Web. 1 Feb. 2011. . Hesketh, Therese. "Therese Hesketh, One Child Policy: Impacts on Reproductive Health and Attitudes." Slideshare. Summer 2010. Web. 01 Feb. 2011. . Greenhalgh, Susan. "Fresh Winds in Beijing: Chinese Feminists Speak Out on the One-Child Policy and Women's Lives." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society; 26.3 (2001): 847-87. EBSCOhost. Web. 7 Jan. 2011. Kane, Penny, and Ching Y. Choi. "China’s One Child Family Policy." PubMed Central. 9 Oct. 1999. Web. 01 Feb. 2011. . Li, Shuzhuo. Imbalanced Sex Ratio at Birth and Comprehensive Intervention in China. Xi'an: Institute for Population and Development Studies, 2007. Print. Yardley, Jim. "China Sticking With One-Child Policy." New York Times. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2008. Web. 8 Feb. 2010. .

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