China hunts down thousands to sterilize, Planned Parenthood calls policy a contributor to, “China’s remarkable economic and social achievement”

IN SEPTEMBER of 2009 – PLANNED PARENTHOOD told China’s People Daily that China’s “Family Planning” Policies have “contributed a great deal to China’s remarkable economic and social achievements” :

4-16-2010

Family planning police have arrested hundreds of people against their will in a campaign to sterilize 10,000 men and women suspected of trying to violate China’s strict birth control policies.

About 1,300 people were being held in cramped and poor conditions in offices throughout the small town of Puning in southern Guangdong Province and are forced to listen to “lectures” on state rules limiting the size of families, the Nanfang Countryside Daily said.

In the years after China launched its strict “one couple, one child” family planning policy in the late 1970s, abuses such as forced later-term abortions, sterilizations and even the killing of newborn babies were widely reported.

But such practices have fallen sharply in recent years as the policy has become quite widely accepted and exceptions have been introduced.
However, officials in Puning launched a 20-day campaign on April 7 since so many couples have left the area in search of factory jobs and have found it easier to have children outside the government-set quotas.

The county intends to sterilize 9,559 women or their husbands who are suspected of planning to have a second or third child. So far about half that number have agreed to comply, the newspaper said.

Officials have detained the elderly parents of those who do not submit voluntarily to the surgery or who try to evade the authorities to force them to comply, the newspaper said. It reported that on April 10 some 100 people, mostly elderly, were seen inside a damp 200 square metre building at a township family planning center.
The newspaper said: “There were some mats on the floor, but the room was too small for all people to lie down and sleep, so the young ones had to stand or squat. Due to the lack of quilts, many cuddled up to fight the cold.”

Among those being held was the 64-year-old father of Huang Ruifeng, who already has three daughters. Mr Huang said: “Several days ago, a village official called me and asked me or my wife to return for the surgery. Otherwise they would take away my father.”

Rules in Puning, as in most rural areas of China, allow farmers to have a second child if the first is a daughter. After that couples are supposed to stop.
An official at the Puning Population and Family Planning Bureau, who declined to be identified, told the Global Times: “It’s not uncommon for family planning authorities to adopt some tough tactics.”

Family planning officials are appraised on their success in enforcing birth control policies and sometimes employ such extreme methods if they fail to meet state-set targets. Authorities in Puning have already adopted a tough stance against couples who flout the rules.

They and their relatives who apply for permits to build a house are rejected. They are also being denied a local cash bonus. Illegal children are denied residency registration, a penalty that means they are excluded from a place in school.

One official told the newspaper that an investigation would be launched to establish whether authorities in Puning had exceeded their authority. A state-level regulation stipulates that couples who violate the family planning policy must not be punished without proper authorization.

BUT – IN SEPTEMBER of 2009 – PLANNED PARENTHOOD AGREED WITH THIS POLICY, they told China’s People Daily that China’s “Family Planning” Policies have “contributed a great deal to China’s remarkable economic and social achievements” :


China’s population policy draws wide praise
Demographers and scholars worldwide have spoken highly of China’s family-planning policy over the past 30 years and more, saying it has helped lower the world population growth.

“We know that China, being the most populous country in the world, is especially important in the area of population,” said Hania Zlotnik, director of the Population Division of the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Whatever happens in China has a great impact on world population, and certainly on the population in the developing world, she explained.

“Thanks to the changes in fertility, especially in China, the growth rate of the world population (and) of the developing country population is a quarter of a point lower today than it would have been if China did not have such a big drop in family size,” she said in a recent exclusive interview with Xinhua.

China’s family planning policy, which requires most couples have one child in urban areas and two in rural areas, has been in effect for more than three decades. It has helped prevent an estimated 400 million births. That means if China had not implemented its family planning policy, its total population would have exceeded 1.7 billion in 2008.

“So it’s a much more complex policy than the slogan of one child per woman. Therefore, China doesn’t have, at this moment, one of the lowest fertility in the world,” she said. “It has a moderately low fertility. It is being lowered and that is an achievement.”

Gill Greer, director-general of the London-based International Planned Parenthood Federation, told Xinhua in a recent interview that the family planning policy has contributed a great deal to China’s remarkable economic and social achievements over the past 30 years.

By adopting the population control policy, Greer said, China has reduced its population growth rate and alleviated problems from overpopulation.

“Thus, the policy is very conducive to China’s development in various aspects such as economy, education and health care services,” she said.

American scholar Barbara Pillsbury, who has worked for the United Nations Population Agency, shared similar views with Greer.

“China won’t have achieved so much in the country’s development if it did not pursue its population control policy,” she said.

Pillsbury compared China’s population policy with India and said China has successfully controlled its population while India’s population will increase dramatically.

She predicted that by 2040, India will surpass China as the world’s most populous country with 1.52 billion people, while China’s population is expected to stand at 1.45 billion.

Carl Haub, a senior demographer at the non-profit Population Reference Bureau, based in Washington DC, told Xinhua that birth planning, a basic national policy that China has stuck to for over30 years, has helped reduce the country’s population growth rate.

“It has not only lowered China’s demand for resources from outside the country, but also relieved pressure on the domestic labor market,” he said.

In this way, the Chinese government could focus its efforts on providing better material conditions for its people, and improving their living standards,” he said.

Source: Xinhua

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