Shanghai wants more babies
Family planning officials in Shanghai have called on the city’s residents to have more babies as an unexpectedly small percentage of couples have sought permission for a second child despite the relaxation of China’s one-child policy.
Fan Hua, of Shanghai’s Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, said 90 percent of the city’s women of child-bearing age are allowed to have a second baby, but only 5 percent have submitted applications, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.
The official said the high cost of raising children and women’s fear of an abrupt halt to their career development are the major reasons behind the unusually small number of applications.
China amended its one-child policy in December 2013, allowing couples to have a second baby if either parent is an only child.
According to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, since the capital relaxed its policy, around 30,000 couples have submitted applications for a second child, while the city had expected an extra 50,000 annually.