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Debate – Should Rwanda Adopt the ‘one-Child Per Family’ Policy? [opinion]


Debate – Should Rwanda Adopt the ‘one-Child Per Family’ Policy? [opinion]

Dec 11, 2015 (The New Times/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) — You can’t put a limit to nature

According to a 2014 report by Index Mundi, the total fertility rate of children born per woman in Rwanda is four, considering the average number of children that would be born per woman if all women lived to the end of their childbearing years, and bore children, according to a given fertility rate at each age. This fertility rate isn’t one that is found among women in many countries. That’s to say, we are gifted with that and we shouldn’t disregard it by limiting parents on the number of children they should have.

Parents usually have a preference on the gender of their child. Some might want a boy and others a girl.

Imposing the ‘one-child’ policy on these parents can cause abortions, regret and even dislike of a child.

According to a 2013 study by Australian researchers, only-children (born as one in the family) exhibit traits such as selfishness, pessimism and risk aversions that are not as prevalent in children with siblings. These findings click with commonly held views that only children, more often than not, are seen as having been dealt a bad hand.

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