“If the first-born was a boy, then they wouldn’t be allowed to have another.” Ironically, today, the elderly have fewer caretakers and this population is also suffering.
Reported by Lin Ping for RFA’s Mandarin Service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/gender-01222015125826.html
According to Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of California-based Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child under a so-called reform of the one-child policy won’t end voluntary, sex-selective abortion of baby girls. Littlejohn has called on Beijing to reduce the numbers of aborted or abandoned girls by providing economic incentives to families giving birth to girls and special compensation to retirement-age couples who have no sons to support them.
And many couples continue to face large fines, seizure of their property and loss of their jobs, as well as forced abortions and sterilizations, and even violent forced evictions by local officials, if they break the rules.
China last year launched pilot drop zones for unwanted infants in 25 major cities last year in a bid to prevent unwanted babies from being left to die on the streets, but many schemes were forced to close after being overwhelmed, mostly by infants with severe disabilities.