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One Child Policy in China – What About Twins?

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For centuries, the population in China was extremely small due to wars and natural disasters. Around 1949 the population skyrocketed. Since then, there has been a strict and controversial one-child policy in China. In 1980 it was even pronounced nationally to prevent famine and to fuel economic progress. Forced sterilizations and abortions, as well as selling the children, were the order of the day in many regions of China.

Repeal of the one-child policy

The consequences of the one-child policy are palpable today, more than ever. China has gotten old and too few families have old-age insurance. This means that there are more elderly people in China than there are young people. A disadvantage of the one-child policy: If two only children marry and have only one child, that child has to bear the burden of the entire remaining family.

Over the years the law has been relaxed more and more. In individual cases 2 children were allowed. In October 2015, the Communist Party’s Central Committee officially ended the one-child policy. And so couples in China are officially allowed to have more than 1 child again.

Parents are expecting twins

But what about the twins? What if one of the parents is expecting twins or multiple births?

Before the one-child policy was abolished, it was a godsend for many parents to have twins. Country couples or wealthy couples were legally allowed to have more than one child. Twins were tolerated and so it was welcomed by many. China’s rich couples in particular bought the privilege. Artificial reproduction increases the chance of having twins or multiple births. Anyone who had money and wanted twins could make their dream come true. However, since the one-child policy was abolished, there have been strict rules. If a married couple who are still childless have twins, they are no longer allowed to father a third child. China is pushing the bolt, despite the abolition of the population.