Chinas growth rate has slowed dramatically in the last 30 years under the auspice of the One-Child Policy. In fact, at this point it is believed that growth rate is under 2% and that the population replacement rate is at 2.1%, meaning that if these numbers are accurate and hold up, the population of China could actually decrease at some point in the future.
Hence, the One-Child Policy could be seen to be an immense success. But at what cost?
The side effects of the Policy have and likely will continue to have a staggering effect on Chinese society. The sterility and abortion atrocities by the government, like the abandonment and infanticide of female infants by the parents, not only scream of a Policy that has lost its moral compass, but it has created a huge disparity between the number of males to females. This disparity means there a fewer women available to marry men, creating a much bigger demand for prostitution and sex slaves. Finally, the working generation of the next 30-40 years will be very hard pressed to support their parents, creating a social security crisis.
It follows then, that it might be time for China to end the One-Child Policy and re-examine the situation in 2015.
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