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Is China Revising Its One-Child Policy?

Since it was instituted in 1979, China’s one-child policy has resulted in over 336 million abortions, according to China’s health ministry—but that may soon change. The policy was originally intended as a means of curbing overpopulation, but then it collided with the cultural premium on sons for several generations. And now, government officials are realizing the policy’s negative effects—including a skewed gender ratio, economic downturn and even the self-centric traits of generations raised without siblings. As of this writing, the policy is still being debated by officials—primarily from a societal standpoint. But if the one-child policy and its government-forced abortions are overturned, the change will mark a global victory for human rights.

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