500 Communist Members Punished for Breaking the One Child Rule

For the past two decades China has imposed the ‘one child’ rule to help ease the counties problem of overpopulation.

This has led to five hundred Communist Party members being expelled after years of some of them flouting the family planning laws by having more than one child.

Seven national and local lawmakers were among the offenders and have had their political status taken away with a further 395 being dismissed from their posts.

Director of the provincial family planning commission Yang Youwang said. "More party members, celebrities, and well-off people are violating the policies in recent years, which have undermined social equality."

New rules have been made to crack down on flagrant violations that bar the offenders from working for the government for three years, while it at the same preventing them from running for election or being political advisers.

Rich and Communist Party couples have for years defied the rule by paying fines but now the authorities are cracking down after discovering that almost 2000 officials and celebrities have breached the rules for the past 5 years.  One who is a lawmaker himself has had four children by four mistresses.

China is the world’s most populated country and has been preventing large families by limiting couples to one baby in urban areas and two in the countryside.  

The rule has been difficult to enforce because of the huge span of the distances officials have to travel and many families have taken to sending away and hiding pregnant women to give birth far away from prying eyes of neighbours who may report them.

Marriage Licence To Be Shown When Giving Birth

Couples are not allowed to have children before they are married and when admitted to hospital to give birth, they must produce a valid marriage licence.

Young unmarried girls who fall pregnant have to report to their local hospital for an abortion but many run away to live with family many miles away to have their babies.  They are unable to return to their home and may never see their parents again.

This rule over the years had led to a gender imbalance after thousands of ultrasound tests have led to gender selective abortions and has led to 118 boys born to every 100 girls.  This is not counting the many unregistered births.

The restrictions have prevented 400 million births and have boosted prosperity in a country that now has 1.3 million people which is a fifth of the world’s total.

It had been a tradition to have large families in China for many centuries, sons in particular, as a form of guarantee that they will be looked after in their old age. 

Since being introduced in the 1970 the policy has been notorious for the harsh punishments and sometimes brutal methods that are used to enforce it – even to the point of forced sterilisation for women.