0319 GMT May 24, 2019
All content on family planning has been dropped in a draft civil code being deliberated by top lawmakers on Monday, the Procuratorate Daily wrote in a post on its Weibo account, according to Reuters.
China has loosened its family planning policy as its population grays, birth rates slow and its workforce declines. In 2016, the government allowed couples in urban areas to have two children, replacing a one-child policy enforced since 1979.
The draft civil code also includes a one-month ‘cooling off’ period in which couples filing for divorce can withdraw their case.
Revisions to the draft civil code will be submitted to China’s annual parliamentary meeting in March 2020.
Speculation that China may further ease its two-child policy was sparked early this month when China Post unveiled the design of a stamp for release next year that features a family of two pigs and three cheerful piglets.
Debate on the policy was further stoked after two Chinese researchers proposed forcing couples with fewer than two children to pay into a ‘procreation fund’, an idea that was widely criticized.