August 2, 2012

China's one-child legacy revisited

A forced abortion sparks debate over country's one-child policy.

A public debate over China’s one-child policy has emerged after a graphic photo of a seven-month-old aborted foetus went viral. Feng Jianmei, 23, was forced by Chinese authorities to abort her foetus after she failed to pay the fine for having a second child. Although forced abortions are illegal in China, Feng’s case has raised a wider debate about the government’s right to limit the number of children a family can have.

The government says the policy has effectively controlled a burgeoning population by preventing around 400 million births in the past 30 years. Critics say the policy has led to a spike in sex-selective abortions and infanticide. Some are calling for a two-child policy while others believe the law should be eliminated altogether.

In this episode of The Stream we speak with Kelley Currie (@mackiesmama), Senior Fellow of Project 2049 Institute, Chai Ling (@AllGirlsAllowed), Founder of All Girls Allowed, and British Chinese artist Aowen Jin (@jinaowen).

What do you think? Has the time come for China to re-examine its one-child policy? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using #AJStream.