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. The... ... middle of paper ... One-Child Policy." The Wall Street Journal 15 November 2013. web. "China formally eases one-child policy." BBC 28 December 2013. Web. Coonan, Clifford. "Zhang Yimou Pays $615,000 Per Extra Kid After Breaking China's One Child Policy." The Hollywood Reporter 7 February 2014. Web. "International Opinions." 2007. China's One-Child Policy. Web. 13 February 2014. Jian, Ma. "China’s Brutal One-Child Policy." International Herald Tribune 21 May 2013. Web. Kaiman, Jonathan. "Time running out for China's one-child policy after three decades." The Guardian 31 Fanuary 2014. Web. Pletcher, Kenneth. "one-child policy." n.d. Iowa AEA Online. Web. 13 February 2014. Rosenberg, Matt. "China's One Child Policy." 12 August 2012. Web. 13 February 2014. Scutti, Susan. "One-Child Policy is One Big Problem for China." 24 January 2014. Iowa AEA Online. Web. 13 February 2014.
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