The policy limiting most parents to only one child, enforced since 1976, was the “biggest public failure in post-Mao China,” said Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The policy led to millions of forced abortions and the practice of drowning infants in buckets next to their mothers’ childbed, he said. If families can only have one child, they want it to be a boy. The result is a sex ratio at birth of 121 males per 100 female infants in China, mainly because of women choosing to abort fetuses identified as female. Researchers have estimated that there are an estimated 30 million “missing” women in China because of the practice."
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