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Marco Rubio denounced China Friday for its new two-child policy, calling it "indefensible and inhumane." The Florida senator tweeted his thoughts one day after China announced it would discontinue its one-child policy and allow couples to have two children.
 
Rubio was unimpressed by the change. "China's new two-child policy is as indefensible and inhumane as a one child policy," he posted on Twitter. China, the world's most populous country with about 1.4 billion people, introduced the one-child policy in 1979 to slow population growth. Violators were subject to punitive measures, including "fines and the loss of employment to forced abortions," the BBC reported. But as China's population became older, pressure grew to change the policy, in part to help spark economic growth.
 
Rubio included in his tweet a link to a post on the anti-abortion LifeNews.com. In the article, Rubio was quoted as saying the one-child policy had caused forced abortions and human rights abuses against girls.
 
"For over three decades, China’s barbaric One-Child Policy has condemned approximately 37 million Chinese girls – who the policy deemed as unwanted or ‘surplus’ – to abortion, infanticide, abandonment and human trafficking. It has resulted in an unprecedented gender imbalance that will have lasting consequences," the senator told LifeNews. "While the decision to allow Chinese couples to have two children is a modest improvement, the policy is still repressive. The fact remains that when couples conceive a third child, the Chinese government will force them to eliminate him or her, by any means necessary."
 

 
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