Jerry Newcombe

If we asked the question, “Are children a burden or a blessing?” of course, the answer would be “a blessing.” The Bible says so. But you wouldn’t necessarily know it today.

President Obama said famously that he hopes his daughters wouldn’t engage in sex before it is time; but if they do, he wouldn’t want them to be “punished with a baby.” A baby is punishment?

It was reported recently that China may possibly be re-thinking their one-child only policy.

In the meantime, they prosecute the current policy. Writing for the AFB (Agence France-Presse) (12/613), Felicia Sonmez says: “Top Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is facing a $164 million lawsuit after violating the country's controversial one-child policy.”

Zhang’s “crime”? Fathering two sons and a daughter (and a daughter earlier with an ex-wife).

Sonmez notes, “Critics say China's late-1970s family-planning law, which restricts most couples to one child, is selectively and sometimes brutally enforced, while the wealthy and well-connected are easily able to pay the fines levied for extra offspring.”

Those who suffer the most are the children who are murdered. The numbers are staggering.

For example, Reggie Littlejohn, President of the Women’s Rights Without Frontiers posted an article (4/10/2010), in which she said: “In the United States we’ve had 50 million abortions since Roe vs. Wade. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) boasts that it has ‘prevented’ 400 million births through its One-Child Policy, which was instituted in 1979. That’s more than the entire population of the United States!”

While some liberals have touted China’s policy as a model to follow, the epidemic of gender-selected abortions with males favored over females is proof of the flawed philosophy.

Why are girls targeted? Partly because with a girl comes the expense of a dowry and of marrying her off. For many poor families, that could be a difficult burden. Hence, if you could only have one child, many parents choose that child to be a boy.

And now, there’s a shortage of young ladies for young Chinese men. Writing for CNN (3/4/2013), Rob Brooks notes that “approximately 30 million more men than women will reach adulthood and enter China's mating market by 2020.”

Policies like the “one-child” rule in China are driven by fears of overpopulation. However, abundant evidence shows that overpopulation is not the cause of economic hardship in nations like China; bad government---particularly communistic government---is at fault.


Jerry Newcombe

Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library and a Christian TV producer.