Tuesday, September 28, 2010

HLI Raises Alarm about China's Decision to Continue Destructive Policy

FRONT ROYAL, Va., Sept. 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- Human Life International's Director of International Coordination, Joseph Meaney, strongly condemned a statement from Li Bin, head of China's National Population and Family Planning Commission. In the statement, Bin said that China's "One-Child Policy" will remain in place "in the coming decades." View CNN article here.

"The Chinese government is stubbornly persisting in leading their country into a demographic disaster with their population control policy," said Meaney.

"It is simply incomprehensible that the Chinese National Population and Family Planning Commission can seriously mean to extend this destructive policy for an unspecified number of decades into the future," said Meaney. "China's population is currently projected to start shrinking in absolute numbers by 2026, but the coerced low fertility of Chinese women means that the Peoples' Republic of China is one of the fastest ageing societies in the world."

"There are four grandparents for each only child resulting from the 'One Child Policy.' What is the Chinese government's economic plan for paying the pensions of these hundreds of millions of elderly persons?" asked Meaney. "One shudders to think what draconian measures will be implemented by the Chinese government once it becomes fully apparent that they cannot financially support the millions of disabled and elderly persons who are no longer seen as contributing to society. Coercive euthanasia cannot be far behind their renewed commitment to coercive abortion and birth control."

To interview Joseph Meaney, contact Stephen Phelan at 540-622-5270 or sphelan@hli.org.

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Founded in 1981, HLI is the world's largest pro-life organization and has affiliates in over 100 countries on six continents.