China Eases One-Child Rule for Quake Victims

Many kids were killed in deadly quake
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2008 3:06 PM CDT
An earthquake survivor covers his face with a shirt from the smell of bodies, in the earthquake hit town of Yingxiu in Wenchuan County of southwest China's Sichuan province Monday, May 26, 2008.    (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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(Newser) – China will waive its one-child policy for some survivors of this month's deadly quakes, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The 3-decade-old rule meant that many of the 65,000-plus victims of the disaster were only children; parents whose kids were killed or injured will be eligible for permission to have another child.

"As well as all the dead, so many people have been disabled. If it's a kid how can you be sure that she'll be taken care of properly in a few years, when people forget the quake?" says a local farmer whose daughter lost both her legs.