Shang­hai wants more ba­bies

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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