Chinese government attempts to boost birth rate with new policies

Measures include improved maternal healthcare and efforts to reduce abortions as China seeks to reverse declining population growth

Helen Davidson in Taipei, and agencies
Wed 17 Aug 2022

The Chinese government has pledged to improve pre- and post-natal services to encourage more people to have children and reiterated its intent to “discourage” abortions as it seeks to turn around a declining birth rate.

The measures announced by the country’s national health commission include a pledge to make fertility treatments more accessible. For several years authorities have flagged expanding IVF access to single women but it remains available only to married couples. A court challenge by a woman was recently struck down.