Only a couple of days ago I blogged about Qin Yi, the teacher who was told to abort her unborn child or lose her job. Today I am happy to report happier news!

According to Lifesite News, international and domestic interest in the story (it even made the NZ Herald!!) has forced the Chinese authorities to overturn their earlier decision:

“News of this situation was reported widely in China and spread internationally, causing outrage. The Family Planning Commission on the Guizhou provincial level overturned the local authorities and will allow Qin Yi to have her baby.”

This is fantastic news (assuming it is true and the authorities aren’t lying) and we must be thankful for small mercies. But we should still remember that this is the Chinese Government “allowing” a couple to not have to kill their unborn child: it is hardly a breakthrough in human rights in China. As Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers states: 

“China is continuing its horrific practice of late term abortions. This is savagery and it must be stopped…The fact that the Chinese Communist Party is allowing some couples to have a second child does not mean that they have ceased their appalling methods of enforcement. Couples still need to have a birth permit for the first and for the second child, or face forced abortion.”

So we should still remember that the state in China assumes that it has the power and the right to forcibly control how many children each couple can have. Any relaxing of the rules is made under this assumption. The outcome for Qin Yi, her husband and her unborn child is fantastic in this case, but China still has a long way to go before the blight of the one child policy disappears from that land. 

Marcus Roberts was two years out of law school when he decided that practising law was no longer for him. He therefore went back to university and did his LLM while tutoring. He now teaches contract and...