(New York Times) After three decades of a Chinese policy that limits most families to one child, many families say they will not take advantage of a major change allowing a second child because of the rising cost of child-rearing.
"With two kids you have less money to give them the best," said Mao Xiaodan, 27, a Beijing lawyer seven weeks into her first pregnancy who has dismissed the prospect of a second child. She said she was concerned about stratospheric housing prices and the high cost of schooling. "My husband's co-worker has twins," she said, "and just paying for elementary school has nearly bankrupted him."
Under the new policy, the most significant overhaul of China's family planning rules in 30 years, married couples in which just one parent is an only child can also have a second baby. The previous rules allowed two children for couples in which both parents are only children. The old policy also made exceptions for China's officially recognized ethnic minorities and rural couples whose first child was a girl or disabled.
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