90 mil­lion more to be el­i­gi­ble for 2nd child

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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