The Chinese government may be on the verge of passing a historic measure.

China is currently considering ending its birth restrictions due to growing concerns regarding its aging population and declining birth rate.

Current family planning rules have restricted Chinese couples to having only two children. Two years ago, the government eased its “one-child policy.” Although China’s easing of the “one-child policy” was already progressive for the country, the current administration seems to want to go even further.

China’s Civil Code is currently being revised. The National People’s Congress has stated that the new Civil Code will “no longer retain the relevant content of family planning.” This change would allow China’s citizens to have over two children for the first time in decades.

Although the revision to the Civil Code will not be active until 2020, the government is expected to continue to update the policy throughout the next two. Regardless, it remains unclear how far China intends to go with regards to its latest change in legislation.

In 2015, distressing data regarding the country’s falling birth rate was made public. China has been making changes to its family planning policy ever since.

The government has made a strong effort to encourage its citizens to have two children. However, too few children have been born to adequately re-stabilize the country. Last year, China’s total fertility rate was 1.6 children per woman. However, a fertility rate of 2.1 children per woman was necessary to maintain a steady population.

Human Rights Watch senior researcher Maya Wang stated in an interview with CNN:
Relaxing the One Child policy actually didn’t lead to an immediate jump in births, which the government was kind of predicting and counting on. So now the Chinese government has come around to the opinion as well they need to further relax their control and abolish the birth controls altogether.”
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