One child China? Multi-births on the rise.

Thanks to the BBC 10 o’clock News for this little gem;

One child policy in China is well known by all. Well, at least those connected to the big wide world. Queue the BBC report tonight that beamed out of China. In Buffalo village for example women there are mildly annoyed that they’ve been instructed to have just one baby. So off they go to the local chemist to pick up the over-the-counter fertility drugs that, when administered, increase the chances of women having twins, triplets or greater. And having them they are. Whole streets are full of households with recently born sets of twins and triplets. One mother was asked how this could be. She shrugged her shoulders and just smiled.

Where there’s a will there’s technology. 🙂

The Beijing elite will be hard pressed to tackle this phenomenon.

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6 Responses to One child China? Multi-births on the rise.

  1. earthpal says:

    Hi Matt.

    I watched a documentary about this a while ago.

    It exposed the many negative implications of the forced birth-planning policy such as gender imbalances, coerced abortions/sterilisations, baby-trafficking, abandoned babies, social, economic and human rights consequences….on it goes.

    Quite brutal. There are much more humane ways of population control.

  2. matt says:

    Good points earthpal. Yes, trying to control people’s own family planning desires is plain daft. China’s experience shows it doesn’t work.

    Gender imbalances is an issue that is storing up huge problems for China and the wider region. The job market is one area. More interesting is the question of where all these boys will find partners in future. I see holiday trips to SE Asia with organised dating agencies as a future business.

  3. Pete Smith says:

    “The Beijing elite will be hard pressed to tackle this phenomenon.”

    Perhaps I’m being too simplistic, but surely all they have to do is prevent fertility drugs being sold over the counter. If we can do it here, I’m sure the Chinese can.

  4. matt says:

    Sure but, the products would simply enter the black market.

  5. Saut Sagala says:

    Yes, this is interesting issue. I wrote it yesterday as well. But could be this drug used in the other countries where many people want to have kids but just have not got the chances to get one? Perhaps we need to check the side effect of this drug 🙂

  6. matt says:

    I don’t think the report mentions the name of it and I have little idea how it works. I hadn’t thought of the consequences of such a drug being made available elsewhere ….

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