"As the death toll in southwest China rose to more than 65,000, a provincial planning commission issued what it called a clarification Monday of the country's one-child policy, saying that a family whose child dies young can obtain a certificate to have another child.
The clarification came from the Chengdu Population and Family Planning Committee in Sichuan Province, The Associated Press reported.
As many as 10,000 of those killed in the May 12 earthquake were children, adding to the tragedy in a country where most families are allowed to have only one.
Many children lost their lives in the scores of schools that collapsed, which has created a simmering controversy for the government, as grieving parents say their children might have lived had the schools been better constructed."
Stephen Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute (PRI), is one of the few North American academics that can legitimately boast the label of international spy. The one-time Stanford university doctorate candidate and internationally acclaimed population researcher has for years been on a blacklist of international spies by the Chinese government. His crime is his vocal criticism of China’s murderous, anti-human rights forced-abortion, forced-sterilization policy.
(...) Mosher, who is fluent in a common Chinese dialect, related how while living in a Chinese village he had witnessed women, some his personal friends, who became pregnant with an “illegal” second child and who were subsequently forced to have an abortion. Those mothers who refused were arrested and jailed and underwent daily propaganda, or brain-washing sessions, until they agreed to abort their child. Those who remained in prison until they went into labour “were taken to the abortion clinic crying, by force, and they were given a poison shot.”
Podría titular el post como "las maravillas de la política de un solo hijo", pero me parece demasiado cruel ser sarcástica cuando se ha producido una catástrofe de estas características. 10.000 niños muertos por el terremoto, sus padres sólo podían tener un hijo, por la política china que intenta controlar la población. Así que ahora, y como algo especial, esas 10.000 familias podrán tener otro hijo. ¿Y qué pasará con aquellos que no puedan tenerlos ya? ¿O con aquellos padres viudos o viudas que sólo tuvieran ese hijo?