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Illegal to Have a Child out of Wedlock in China? WTF?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

I have no idea if this is still true, but the excerpt below says that it is illegal to have a child in China if you are not married, thus they force you to have an abortion!
It also says in other articles that China still does forced abortions! I have not heard this, but maybe it is just another face saving mechanism of the Chinese so that we do not see them as barbaric and demons. But a forced abortion, how sad for the woman and how sad for the fabric of society…

The law is clear. If a man and a woman do not marry, they can’t have a child. You have to be a family, a couple, to have a child, said Cheng Shengli, spokesman for the State Family Planning Commission. In our traditional culture, we have strict rules on sexual relations. The majority makes the law, and we must consider the majority’s moral view: You get married, you form a family, then you have children.

Surprised by the public uproar, Ye has been in hiding since the initial article was published. But in a telephone interview granted on condition she be referred to only by the Westernized name she uses with foreigners, she argued that China is changing faster than the law is.

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