While there may be changes underway for the Chinese governmental entity responsible for enforcing China’s One-Child Policy, it does not appear that these changes will result in a relaxation of the policy that has cost so many unborn Chinese children their lives.
The China Daily reports that the National Population and Family Planning Commission will be merged with the Health Ministry. Ma Kai, state councilor and secretary-general of the State Council, reported on Sunday that the new organization “aims to optimize the resource allocation of medical care and public health services and that of family planning services, as well as improve the health of the people, including newborns.”
While the names may change, Xinhua reports that Wang Feng, deputy head of the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform, stated that “China will not change its basic state policy on family planning.”
This is cause for disappointment for those who had hoped that the new leadership might bring about change to the Policy. According to All Girls Allowed:
The reports from yesterday [are] worth grieving over because China’s new leadership had a natural opportunity to end the policy during this year’s government shift. They had a chance to not only stand for China’s best interests (the One-Child Policy is causing massive, long term demographic concerns, but to stand up on behalf of China’s most vulnerable people: the impoverished mothers and infant girls who suffer the worst consequences of the One-Child Policy.