The revelation last month that a Chinese couple were the proud parents of two sets of triplets and one set of twins launched a round of soul-searching about how the super-rich circumvent the one-child policy. It is a tangled case involving a wealthy couple, two surrogate mothers, a gaggle of nannies and, to top it off, a team of government bureaucrats scrambling to figure out how they all came together.Cheating? Or creative parenting with Chinese characteristics?
"We are focusing on the case of the octuplets and trying our best to find the medical institutions responsible," a spokesman for the Guangzhou Health Office who gave his name as Sun said in a telephone interview. He said case poses "huge ethical problems."
The babies have stirred up fiery emotions on Chinese Twitter-like microblogs and Internet forums. "In this society, if you have money, you can have miracles!" one sardonic university student wrote on his Sina Weibo microblog. "Having children is now a luxurious game for the rich," wrote a user in Guangzhou, the southern city where the family lives.
A southern Chinese newspaper broke the news that the couple had four girls and four boys with the help of the two surrogates and in-vitro fertilization.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Chinese are dealing with an interesting dilemma -- did a rich family use its money to successfully circumvent the nation's one-child policy?