The Evolution of China's Legislation on Reproduction


Du Yifang


Faculty editor: Michael Ramsey
Publication: International Law Journal
Volume: 18
Issue: 1
Start Page: 1
Month: December
Year: 2016
Type: Article


This Article discusses how China’s policy on reproduction developed from one that encouraged population growth to the very restrictive one-child policy. Part I discusses the factors underlying the establishment of the reproduction system after 1949. Part II analyzes the transition of nationalpolicy and legislation over the period from 1980 to 2001 from encouraging to controlling childbirth. Part III discusses, in detail, the development and implementation of the one-child policy, and Part IV discusses the effects of this development. Finally, Part V explains the 2016 amendment to the Population and Family Planning Law in China, which abandoned the one-child policy.