Chinese Women Try to Bypass One-Child Policy With Pills for Twins


"One is too few," said a woman waiting at the hospital of the Capital Pediatrics Research Institute, who declined to give her name. "People want to have a second child, and I think it's okay. The population problem is not like it was in the past."

The reports come as Guangdong, China's wealthiest and most populous province, is petitioning the government to relax the 30-year-old one child policy.

The policy has been criticized in the past for the coercive tactics, such as forced abortions and sterilizations, that have been used in its enforcement. It is blamed for China's unbalanced sex ratio of 121 boys for every 100 girls.

Recently, the population's skewed age distribution has become a concern for the government, as older people begin to outnumber the younger working people who support them.

But for most people in China, the idea of taking "multiple birth pills" is still quite shocking. As one older woman waiting at the Capital Pediatrics Research hospital told ABC, "Are you serious? People doing that in China, not just America? That can't be good for the mother or the child."

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