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What happens if a couple has twins in china?

Filed under: China Law — Tags: , , — @ 2:45 pm June 3, 2005
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QT Patuty asked:

Twins, or even triplets, quadruplets, or other multiple babies at birth, what will happen with the one child per family law?

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  • They get to keep one…probably a male…and then the other either go to the overfilled orphanages or get killed.

    Comment by Jeremy J — June 5, 2005 @ 3:44 pm

  • According to both Wikipedia and the BBC, Chinese couples can ‘beat’ the one child policy by having a multiple birth, assuming it is their first birth. Meaning, according to these sources, they get to keep all the children, assuming they want to, which many (most?) of them apparently do. Subsequent births may present more complex situations.

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    Comment by GefilteFish — June 6, 2005 @ 8:46 am

  • Jeremy why post an answer when you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about and no knowledge? How does that contribute?

    What do people do when they have twins? Celebrate ! Bonus baby! I have seen a few couples with twins in China.

    I was also told that if a couple does become pregnant with another child when they have one, they have to pay all the medical expenses for having the child but are not forced to abort it or give it up or whatever.

    Generally women are encouraged to undergo sterilization after having a child.

    I would also like to say the Chinese baby girls are just as loved and precious to their families as boys are.

    Comment by isotope2007 — June 9, 2005 @ 6:58 pm

  • It really depends on the amount of money the family makes per year. The Chinese government will allow them to keep multiple children if the family makes the equivalent of $250K (US dollars) per year. The rules change, but this was the information that we received when we adopted a year ago. Normally, the family’s want only the boys, so the girls get put in orphanages (the lucky ones, that is) and adopted out to countries all over the world, but mostly the US.

    Comment by tonytrombo — June 13, 2005 @ 2:40 am

  • you get to keep all of it. even though one child per family but they can’t make you to kill the other one just because you have twins or even triplets. they don’t even fine you if you had twin or triplet because it a natural thing

    Comment by aznjenny28 — June 14, 2005 @ 3:07 am

  • If you are lucky to have twins or trplets or mulitple births,you will come under one child family.

    Comment by Star — June 15, 2005 @ 11:47 pm

  • my China friend has shown a photo of two girls who were born to someone (I forget who) ….
    they were quite adult (maybe 5 years about)
    and had the same clothes (to harden differentiating)
    I dd not saw anything wrong twith them.

    Comment by iloveyun2007 — June 16, 2005 @ 5:47 am

  • Nothing happens…

    Comment by shu — June 19, 2005 @ 2:28 am

  • They get to keep both of them.

    Comment by アコーアくん — June 22, 2005 @ 12:14 pm

  • Just wanna say:
    From Jeremy J’s comments, I realized how ignorant and disrespectful some of the westerners are! Medias here have been giving out biased reports, which resulted in these big misconceptions! What a shame.

    Let me tell you, when a Chinese couple have twins, they celebrate it with their family! You have to understand, there are over 1.3 billion people living in this country. The government has no choice but to stick to its “One Child” policy, which has been practiced in the past 20 years. However, the penalty of having a 2nd child, at most, is just a fine ( a couple of thousand yuan). Besides the fine, you will also loose some of the benefit (i.e. free tuition in some situations)….There is NO exceptions, no matter how much you make a year, you will get fined for giving a second birth. But no one will force a pregnant woman to have an abortion. Thats just ridiculous.

    Recently, government has lifted that policy. – which means, couples can have more than one child now.

    Comment by Summer0007 — June 23, 2005 @ 11:40 am

  • what happens is the babies get to have a sibling and the parents are blessed with two kids

    Comment by Mr. W — June 24, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

  • The people who live downstairs from me have twins. They have one boy and one girl.

    The government can’t make them choose one and get rid of the other they are allowed to keep them.

    But, yes, the people who live downstairs from me are well-off and so for them it is a sign of prosperity and a good omen. They will make it a big deal in showing they are rich and can afford to dress, feed, and educate them both. It’s added face for the family.

    However, if the family is not financially well off, well that’s another story. They may become mentally and financially stressed and may put one up for adoption or give it away. It is not a prestigious thing to the average family who has a hard time making ends meet without the added pressure.

    They are seeing life from what they don’t have (money and material wealth) not for what they do have.

    In response to Summer0007;

    Yes, you are correct, people can have more than one child. But that is only children who were conceived during the “one child policy” period. So people who are effected by this policy cannot go have more children, only the children of the people effected by this policy.

    Comment by China Guru — June 26, 2005 @ 6:56 pm

  • dont bother about thinking -.-…china/taiwan are the worst places in the world to live in…ive lived there for 5 years and ppl keep on trying to hurt me because im not a full chinease, and the tallest building in taiwan aint a building at all either -.-…they never pur floors in to the real building so its just a shell

    Comment by Murray E — June 28, 2005 @ 4:09 pm

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