Family Planning

Too little, too late? China takes small step in relaxing one-child policy

A Chinese woman helps her child with a water bottle in a park in Beijing. Photo:EPA

China has relaxed its one-child policy to allow couples to have a second baby if either parent is an only child, Chinese financial media company reported on its website, Details will be released after the third plenary session.

Thursday, 14 November, 2013, 9:48pm 4 comments

Women's control of their own wombs the first step to health

Melinda Gates

In development, there are lots of statistics. Every once in a while, a number jumps out at you because it expresses a complicated truth in simple terms. Here's one that jumped out at me: 20 per cent. That's how much more likely it is that a child will survive when the family's budget is controlled by the mother.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am

Rakhine state Rohingya face two-child limit on family size

Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have introduced a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families. Photo: AFP

Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have introduced a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, in an effort to ease tensions with the Rohingya's Buddhist neighbours after a spate of deadly sectarian violence, an official said.

26 May 2013 - 7:15am

Critic of one-child policy in from cold

Yi Fuxian

Yi Fuxian was trained as a clinic medicine specialist before obtaining a PhD in medicine in the United States, but the Hunan native is better known as a staunch critic of the mainland's one-child policy, or family planning as authorities prefer to call it. 

28 Apr 2013 - 7:32am

Hubei woman dies after forced sterilisation

Shen Hongxia. Photo: SCMP pictures

A 42-year-old woman in China’s Hubei province died last month after being forced to endure a sterilisation procedure, said Chinese media reports.

9 Apr 2013 - 4:11pm 1 comment

New realities drive population policy, experts say

Axing of family planning commission reflects changing attitudes about population control, population experts said. Photo: Reuters

The decision to dissolve the National Population and Family Planning Commission demonstrates changing attitudes about population control after nearly a half of century of successful - if often brutal - efforts to control the mainland's birth rate, population experts said.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Odd proposals from the NPC and CPPCC sessions

A Western-style swearing-in ceremony for new heads of state and a tightening up of the nation's family-planning policy for people with little education were two of the eye-popping proposals to come yesterday from National People's Congress (NPC) deputies and members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). 

4 Mar 2013 - 5:42am

Xinhua: CPPCC official keeps a wife, four concubines, and six kids in his massive Liaoning estate

Li's "imperial harem" along with the surnames of its supposed inhabitants.

Xinhua gives in-depth coverage to the accusations, which first appeared anonymously online.

6 Feb 2013 - 8:13am

About time China grew out of the one-child policy

Ma Jiantang, director of the National Bureau of Statistics. Photo: Xinhua

Mainland officials in charge of statistics are not known for flagging areas of concern when they meet the press at regular briefings and present the latest economic data. Instead, they always try to highlight positive numbers, while glossing over the disappointing figures.

21 Jan 2013 - 5:32am 2 comments

Fujian family planning official selling babies

Children rescued from child abductors sit in the Panlong Public Security Bureau in Kunming in 2006. Photo: AP

While China considers changing its one-child policy, a family planning official in Fujian province has found herself a profitable side job: selling babies, China Youth Daily reported on Friday.

4 Jan 2013 - 11:36am

Outcry over blunders of China’s one-child policy

Children pass a birth control sign in China. Photo: Reuters

China is considering changes to its one-child policy, with government advisory bodies drafting proposals – a decision relished by many, according to media reports last month.

19 Dec 2012 - 6:33pm 1 comment

Bishops pledge to continue Philippine birth control fight

A Filipino Catholic nun and an anti-Reproductive Health bill supporter look at pictures of Philippine legislators on Monday. Photo: AP

Philippine Catholic Church leaders vowed on Tuesday to overturn a birth control bill after lawmakers passed landmark legislation to make sex education and birth control more widely available.

18 Dec 2012 - 5:24pm

Shenzhen plans charge on second children born in Hong Kong

Young people at the end of a work day  in Shenzhen. Photo: AFP

Shenzhen plans to plug a loophole in its family planning regulations and charge those who give birth to a second child in Hong Kong or overseas more than 200,000 yuan (HK$246,000), state media reported yesterday.

2 Nov 2012 - 10:14am

Hong Kong's schools need much better sex education

More than 40 per cent of local schools do not receive sex education from a qualified third-party provider. Photo: SCMP

I am writing in response to the editorial ("Wiser solution to teen pregnancy", October 4).

The editorial suggested that teen pregnancy does not seem to be a big problem in Hong Kong and stated that the census figures show that there were only 166 births to women under 18 in 2010.

18 Oct 2012 - 2:29am

Drastic action needed to raise the birth rate

Few trends raise as many questions about the future shape of society as a falling birth rate and an ageing population. How will a declining number of working-age people meet the cost of supporting a growing elderly population that is also living longer? Should the retirement age be raised to encourage older workers to stay in their jobs longer? These are just two of them.

7 May 2006 - 12:00am