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Chinese Parents Decry Child-quota Laws

BEIJING, Chile, Aug. 5 (UPI) — China’s preference for boys and strict controls on the number of births have combined to create a climate in which children are sometimes seized, observers say.

The practice is especially bad in Longhui County, a poor rural area in Hunan, a southern Chinese province, where at least 16 children were seized by family planning officials between 1999 and late 2006, family members told the The New York Times.

Sometimes the children are never seen by their families again, having been placed for adoption or sold on the black market, some parents say.

“They are pirates,” said Yuan Xinquan, whose 52-day-old daughter was allegedly snatched by government officials in 2005. Yuan said he hasn’t seen or heard from her since.

China’s family planning policies are among the strictest in the world, the report said, although it bans the taking of children from parents who exceed the birth quota. Parents in Longhui said local officials treat babies as a source of revenue, imposing fines of $1,000 or more — about five times as much as the average family makes in a year — for violating family policies.

Parents in Longhui told the Times local government officials would take their babies if they were unable to pay the fine.

The issue has renewed questions about foreign adoptions of Chinese children who might be falsely described as abandoned or orphaned, the report said.

“The larger issue is that the one-child policy is so extreme that it emboldened local officials to act so inhumanely,” said Wang Feng, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who directs the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing.

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  • Dan az

    In the past generation it was common for the family to take care of the elderly and not the gubmnt to do it.But know they take away that self sustainability that once was and force the masses to become in slaved to the welfare of others by force.The logic in this is absurd so is the law of roe versus wade the has killed the next generation that would have taken care of the last generation.50 million died because of this law,that is more than any war that we have had.We go to war because of the abuse of such gubmnts that use genocide on there own people but here its OK because its our law that makes it so.We as a people need to wake up to whats really going on and stop with this insane thinking.If you took all of the worlds people and put them into Texas there would still be plenty of room so how is this over population?It pure BS.

  • FreedomFighter

    Some do not believe evil exists in the world, nor do they believe the evil one exists, both do, and are active in the world today.

    When I look above my head at night I see billions apon billions of stars, stars that have billions apon billions of worlds to be explored and colonized. We stand on the threshold of travel to the moon, mars and soon those stars, I find no need to kill our children, nor do I see a reason for population control, I so do see a need for the world to come together and expand into the universe.

    Let us do this not because it is easy, let us do it because its the right way, let us do it for our children, and our childrens children.

    Uncounted worlds await us, unlimited resources, unlimited opportunity.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Dan az

      FF
      I have just the ones to start their own colonies,And guess who the leader is.I would have to admit that’s a great Idea when can we start to load them up?Divide we shall!

      • FreedomFighter

        We can build the stuff now, for the spacestations, Moon and Mars.

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

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