Eathquakes and Children

China is deciding to lift it’s one child policy for earthquake victims:

“Chinese officials said Monday that the country’s one-child policy exempts families with a child killed, severely injured or disabled in the country’s devastating earthquake.
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The announcement says that if a child born illegally was killed in the quake, the parents will no longer have to pay fines for that child — but the previously paid fines won’t be refunded.

If the couple’s legally born child is killed and the couple is left with an illegally born child under the age of 18, that child can be registered as the legal child — an important move that gives the child previously denied rights including free nine years of compulsory education.”

Is this supposed to make us feel better about their tyranny? If so, it’s not working.

Then the article has the gall to say this:

“Though commonly called a one-child policy, the rules offer a welter of exceptions and loopholes, some of them put into practice because of widespread opposition to the limits.”

If these loopholes were used as often as the article suggests, then why is the Chinese governement so concerend about labor shortages and their aging population?

Makes no sense, does it?

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