BP #9: China, One Policy Child?

Sources: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37788712

Last year October, China ended its 35-year-old policy of restricting most urban families to one child. Commonly referred to as the “one-child” policy, the restrictions were actually a collection of rules that governed how many children married couples could have. Now, couples could have two children instead one. However, this child policy is still a concern to many couples especially for those who have more than two children.

Couples who violated the two-child policy faced a variety of punishments, from fines and the loss of employment to forced abortions. The child policy was really strictly implementing.  The local government carries out pregnancy examinations every three months. If couples weren’t in hiding, they would have forced the mother to have an abortion. Some couples who had found they are pregnant, normally would hide from the official as they want to keep the child instead of going to abortion.

In this article, I could be related Kant theory of categorical imperative. The categorical imperative is related whether a particular action is a duty and it rational. The Categorical Imperative states that one must do only what one can will that all others should do under similar circumstance. If every couple goes for abortions, then where are the humanity of these people? Having babies is a blessing and abortion they are taking away their opportunity to come to the world.

In the class we also discussed of Kant’s universal law formulation as a test for rational actions especially among the parents. Parents who insist on keeping the baby instead of going abortion because is a right thing to do even is going against the China law but it is right thing to keep the baby because it give the child to come to this world


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