China Abandons One-child Policy for Parents Bereaved by Earthquake

From The Independent:

China is relaxing its for victims of the earthquake that struck the country on 12 May.

Couples whose only child was killed or badly injured can get a certificate allowing them to have another child, the Chengdu Population and Family Planning Committee, which oversees the policy in the capital of Sichuan province, said. The quake was extra painful for some because it killed their only child. The destruction of almost 7,000 classrooms in a school day left China heartbroken.

The earthquake killed more than 65,000, and with more than 23,000 missing the toll is expected to rise. Officials say they are unable to estimate the number of children killed. But with so many broken families asking questions, the committee is clarifying existing one-child policy guidelines to make them specific to quake victims.

Read also 1-child policy has exceptions after China quake from AP, and Authorities to relax the one-child policy from Shanghai Daily.

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