Chinese officials have confirmed that they are reviewing the country's controversial one-child-only policy for families -- a policy that was established in 1978 -- and may consider making changes, the Christian Post website reports today (August 6, 2013).
"China is still deliberating whether to further relax the country's one-child policy by allowing a couple in which only one party is an only child to have two children," the official Xinhua (Chinese) News Agency reported on August 3.
Some news reports have suggested that China is getting ready to end the one-child policy because of an upcoming aging crisis. But Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, said that China -- the world's most populous country with a population of 1.3 billion people -- "is certainly not ditching the one-child policy."
Littlejohn's group has been campaigning to Chinese President Xi Jinping to end the one-child policy, which it says is responsible for a great deal of violence against women and girls, because of parents' tendency to keep boys over girls.