BEIJING, January 2, 2002 ( – The communist government in China passed a law on Saturday which officially codifies its one-child population control policy. The Washington Times reports that the law lays out the policy which has been in effect in the country for 21 years.

The law forbids married couples to have more than one child if they reside in the city and two (if the first one is a girl) if they reside in rural areas. The policy has led to wide-scale sex-selective abortions of baby girls and has led to a serious gender imbalance in the country. The Times reports a ratio of boys born to every 100 girls in China, much higher than the international average of 106 to 100.

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