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In 1979, when China introduced its one child per family law in an effort to curb population growth for economic, environmental and social reasons, most people in the Western world were appalled.

Appalled that your government was suddenly telling you that, if you were married and wanted children, you could have only one child. The subject opened many avenues for dialogue then.

Fast forward to nine years into the 21st century where noted English environmentalist and writer, Jonathan Porritt has observed that if Westerners (or people who live in the free Western Hemisphere) limited themselves to having just two kids per family, it would do great things for not only the environment but also for the economy, given the state it’s currently in.

As for the environmental part, it would mean less cause for pollution, waste, landfill space and so on. For the economy, it would mean if families did have only two children per household, you would have less persons to feed, clothe, house, send to college etc.

The extra kids who say, were not properly provided for might have to fend for themselves which can involve such hardships as relying on student loans, (if they wanted to go to college) and finding ways to earn a living through the use of government assistance programs and so on. Especially if they cannot do so on their own.

And to a certain degree, this does sound quite in order. But we also live in a free world in which much free will is exercised. Some people might rebel strongly to being told they have to be limited to having just two kids, when they never had to give it much thought before.

Worse yet, what about those who hold on firmly to the Biblical line: …Be fruitful and multiply…” This could open up avenues for much controversial forms of dialogue.

On a personal note, I do not have an opinion on this. All I can say is, given the state the economy is in today, people should have what they can afford. And I, myself, come from a family of five kids.

Had my parents stopped after having just my older sibling and myself, I might not have known the wonders of having three younger siblings.


Peace and unity begin with all of us- Judy Ramsook

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The following comments are for "Two Kids Per Family?"
by JudyRamsook

Examples? More detail. Some words on how it has/has n't worked in China. Most of the evidence right now seems to indicate that the one child laws were a complete failure.

( Posted by: bhagwandave [Member] On: June 2, 2009 )

I agree that people world wide should only have 2 children per couple. I myself have 2 children and there I stop. If I want more children one day I'll adopt.

( Posted by: Gami [Member] On: June 5, 2009 )

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