As Birthrates Crash, China Embraces Family Values

As Birthrates Crash, China Embraces Family Values

( – For 35 years ending in 2015, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) demanded a one-child limit for every woman of reproductive age and enforced the law using abortion. Although China has since loosened the policy to allow for up to three children per woman, its population continues to shrink. The situation has become so dire that the country is now focusing on encouraging family values to boost population numbers.

On February 11, the Global Times reported the CCP will begin a special campaign to “intervene in abortions” among adolescents and unmarried people in an attempt to “improve reproductive health.”

The China Family Planning Association (CFPA) wants to help improve the Chinese youth’s views on marriage and family to “reshape parenting culture” in China.

The CCP reported marriage registrations dropped by more than five million between 2013 and 2020. In addition, the fertility rate in China hovered around 1.3 children per woman in 2020, but the country needs a minimum rate of 2.1 to simply maintain its population.

To that end, China released a directive stating it wants to renew the culture of “marriage and childbirth” into village policies. The government hopes that by focusing on encouraging cultural changes, it will be able to encourage the Chinese youth to begin building families.

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