China two-child policy not valid until March : Government

China two-child policy not valid until March : Government

China two-child policy not valid until March : Government

Written by Staff Writer

02 Nov, 2015 | 9:10 pm

China’s top family planning body has warned couples that they must continue to obey the country’s one-child policy until the law changes in March.

The ruling Communist Party said last week that Beijing would loosen its decades-old one-child policy. But the plan for the change must be approved by the rubber-stamp parliament during its annual session in March.

China’s controversial one-child policy was introduced nationally in 1979 to slow the population growth rate, and is estimated to have prevented about 400 million births.

Though there were exceptions to the policy, most couples who violated it faced punishment, from fines and the loss of employment to forced abortions.

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