The Chinese government has failed to reverse its deep demographic crisis. Both the practice of selective abortions in the event that the baby was a girl, as well as the one-child policy for so many years, have resulted in an aging population, creating a difference between the female and male population. What seems more important is that the aforementioned policies of China have created a profound cultural effect on the population that the new policies cannot reverse.
The social and economic effects of these generational imbalances and the disparity between the population of men and women threaten the social structure, rapidly diminishing the country’s production capacity.
A new government measure, without precedent in communist regimes, prohibits abortions for ‘non-medical purposes’.
The British newspaper The Guardian announced the news and echoed the different reactions of pro-abortion and feminist groups worldwide.
In this regard, a Human Rights Watch researcher in China stated that “The core of the policy is the same – to restrict women’s reproductive means, to see women as a tool. Now there’s an ageing population, a not large enough labour force, so we need more babies. It’s the same: seeing women as a tool for economic goals.”
The new decree seems to be a response to the failure of the measures adopted so far: the second-child policy and the third-child policy that did not work.