Your Womb or your Family......

@p1kef1sh (45640)
December 30, 2010 4:27am CST
According to a British Magazine (Marie-Claire) officials in Punung County in China are strictly enforcing China's One-Child policy. China introduced this policy as a temporary measure in 1978 to cope with food shortages and unemployment. The policy remains in force and favours males over females. However, in some rural areas enforcement has been lax and now Punung has decided to force women with more than one child to be sterilized. If they refuse a relative is imprisoned until they change their mind!!! In factories women have to show their sanitary towels as proof that they are menstruating. Surely women should be allowed choice in who controls their wombs and it certainly shouldn't be up to the Government!
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
3 Jan 11
I don't know the right answer here but I think that part of the answer is in the word "control". Someone has to do it otherwise there will be too many babies, not enough food, not enough money and bingo, a third world country. Some one, some body, has to step up and take responsibility for the control of this situation or things will get out of hand. Limiting families/births is much better in my eyes than numerous abortions or countless children who are starving or malnourished and are left neglected and probably uneducated in the long term.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
3 Jan 11
What horrifies me is the fact that the State is prepared to to lengths that we would find unacceptably draconian. It cannot be right to put a relative in jail until you agree to be sterilized.
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
3 Jan 11
That is a language they understand though Pikie. Certainly Draconian by our standards but not by theirs.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
3 Jan 11
Doesn't make it morally right though! Ah well. I don't even have a womb!
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
31 Dec 10
and the Liberals want to know what is wrong with Communism...
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Dec 10
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
3 Jan 11
Define liberals. I am quite liberal minded but I abhor communism - and facism.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Jan 11
there's "liberals" and there's "Liberals" the ones are open minded, the others are just a front for communism and its "brother" fascism - because, no, fascism isn't the far right, its just a different form of communism, one with a bit more private ownership.
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 11
In one pregnancy a lady could have twins so I hope that this is understood. A lady might have one child and then get pregnant by surprise. I imagine she would have to hide her bump and get her second baby adopted. The other choice would be having her second baby aborted so that would be horrible. I wouldn't want to get sterilized and think them asking the ladies to do this is awful. It is nasty to lock another relative up until the lady says yes to this. Ladies in factories showing used sanitary towels is sick. Ladies in that area of China should be able to control their own wombs. The Chinese Government can be very harsh. Maybe the Chinese government could give money to ladies that don't want to have a child. Then it would be fine if some ladies had a second child through a surprise pregnancy. I think that females should be as valuable as males.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
7 Jan 11
I don't know what they do in the case of twins. I susect that they are allowed to keep them. But the whole sorry saga is so demeaning and draconian - especially if you are the one locked up because your relative is pregnant. Personally I value females very highly. I wish that some cultures felt the same way.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jan 11
hi pikefish at first I sort of endorsed the one child policy but readingt this I think they are going why beyond even common sense as they are now looking at wopmen as less than hum. the idea of forcing a woman to be sterilized and also t aking away any vestige of privacy that is outrageous. The idea of making them show their ' pads to prove they are menstruating is horrible. oh I am so glad I was born in the US where women are shown a lot more respect.China is' in other words completely communist and women have few rights. women there should band together and start saying I am mad as hell and I woon't take this anymore.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Jan 11
Indeed they ought to Hatley. I guess that the army would make short work of any mass dissent. Remember that women are not much valued over there.
@toniganzon (53257)
• Philippines
31 Dec 10
Well China is a communist country and the government owns the people. They can make laws according to the welfare of their country and they can do even harsh rules to keep everything in place. I am so lucky not to live in a country where women are given much freedom in all the things that we do and women are even put in a pedestal or equally with men.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
3 Jan 11
Isn't that a frightening sentence "...the Government own the people."? Surely the people should own the Government.
@Austee (132)
30 Dec 10
This is a long time issue. I respect them as its their policy just before I was born. However, its really not good to have a policy of only one child. It deprived our freedoms as a human being. It prevents us to bore how many children we want. However, taking a look in some cases, some people do not even plan for their future that makes them poorer. Its like more demand than supply. So which is which. But if a women is already pregnant. What can we do. Its already in her womb. Are we gonna punish them just like criminals who kills? who robs?
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Dec 10
I am sure that the authorities would happily arrange an abortion for a pregnant woman. There is no a collossal imbalance between boys and girls in China. I think that eventually this will cause great problems.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
30 Dec 10
You have to understand how China thinks--they prize sons above daughters and that's why, I think, they have so many children. Or did. They have a real problem now with many more men than women and men can't find wives. I don't agree with putting a limit on the number of children. If they want to reduce their population they have to educate the people on the advantages of small families. But I don't agree with dictating how many children a woman can have. It's ironic that we in the U.S. are appalled at China's one child policy and forced abortions, yet we murder millions of babies each year through legal abortion. We even encourage and applaud it. Yet we condemn China for trying to control its population. No country can control its population through legislation. Education, availability of birth control and taxing families with more children would probably work better.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Dec 10
What appals me is the blatant blackmail regarding this issue. To have a loved one imprisoned until you agree to be sterilised just strikes me as bullying. Maybe I'm too soft and I do so agree with your view that education is the answer.
• India
10 Jan 11
If it is the law of the country, they have to obey it, in india, in my time, lol i was married in 1968, the slogan was for 3 children maximum, next it was, 'we 2 out 2', but now many go for just one.. Thank you so much for sharing. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead.