Unplanned Demography

The Grim Realities of China's Eugenics & Population Control

In June 2021, the Chinese government announced that couples are now allowed to have three children, a step up from its two-child policy enacted in 2015 and its one-child policy enacted in 1980. This comes in response to China's latest census, which shows a continuing decline in birthrates. The census data showed a fertility rate in China of 1.3 children per woman in 2020, in line with the trends from previous years. That may be compared to 1.36 children per woman in Japan in 2019 and 1.7 children per woman in the U.S. in 2019.1

Most advanced societies' birthrates ebb and flow, usually in connection to changing demographics and socioeconomic factors. For example, the birthrate in the U.S. decreased during the...

 

has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #58, Fall 2021 Copyright © 2021 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo58/unplanned-demography

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