One-Child pol­icy still stands

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

China’s top fam­ily plan­ning body has told cou­ples that they must con­tinue to obey the coun­try’s one-child pol­icy un­til the law changes in March.

Lo­cal author­i­ties in each prov­ince should not carry out the two-child pol­icy “wil­fully,” the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ( NHFPC) said on Sun­day, re­fut­ing claims by one lo­cal of­fi­cial that the new pol­icy was ef­fec­tive as soon as it was an­nounced on Oct 29.

“Those preg­nant with a sec­ond child will not be pun­ished as of to­day,” Zhan Ming, deputy di­rec­tor of the pro­vin­cial health and fam­ily plan­ning com­mis­sion in cen­tral China’s Hu­nan prov­ince, was quoted as say­ing by Hu­nan Daily on Oct 30.

The Com­mu­nist Party of China an­nounced the abol­ish­ment of its decades-old onechild pol­icy at the close of a key meet­ing on Oct 29, in an at­tempt to bal­ance pop­u­la­tion de­vel­op­ment and off­set the bur­den of an aging pop­u­la­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a com­mu­nique re­leased af­ter the plenum, a fi­nal plan for the pol­icy change will be rat­i­fied by the an­nual ses­sion of China’s top leg­is­la­ture in March.

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