30 Aug '11, 4pm

Busting myths about China’s one-child policy

Busting myths about China’s one-child policy

"We only wanted one kid anyway." Vice President Joe Biden put foot firmly in mouth last week when, during an unscripted question-and-answer session with Chinese students, he said he understood and didn't "second-guess" China's one-child policy. Republicans pounced on the gaffe, Biden's spokesperson clarified, and the whole pointless episode generated a lot of heat and no light, as I wrote yesterday . But as long as China's one-child policy is in the headlines, let's set a few things straight. First, something we should all be able to agree on: the policy, which has led to coerced sterilizations, forced abortions, and infanticide, is terrible and should end. Beyond that, there are a lot of misunderstandings. Let's debunk them. Myth No. 1: Liberals support China's one-child policy. Most Democrats are even less likely than Republicans to talk about population, and if they eve...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/population/2011-08-30-busting-myths-...

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