One-Child policy still stands
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.