90 million more to be eligible for 2nd child
The number of women in China eligible to have a second child will jump by more than 90 million when the latest family planning policy is adopted, with half of the additional women falling between 40 and 49 years of age, according to China’s health authority.
Health and family planning workers will face new challenges, since about 45 million of the newly eligible women will be in their 40s. New measures will be needed to support older women in having a second child, said Wang Peian, vice- minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
The proposed change to eligibility was announced by China’s top leadership last month. The policy must be approved by the National People’s Congress, the national legislature, likely next year, Wang said.