The regional government of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region recently defended its decision to reject a couple's application to have a baby on the grounds that one of them has two children from a previous marriage, saying that it was in line with the region's family planning regulations.
The 34-year-old woman surnamed Huang and her husband - who had two children with his ex-wife - began to apply for permission to have a baby of their own in 2014, but their application has been repeatedly rejected due to local family planning regulations. "But we are allowed to have a baby of our own, according to central government guidelines," said Huang, who has no previous husband or children and is an only child.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission issued guidelines that would allow remarried couples in which one partner is an only child to have a single baby under three scenarios. The scenarios include if the partner that is an only child has no offspring and their spouse has two children.
Earlier government replies to Huang and her husband's applications read that the central government guidelines on remarried couples have not been applied in Guangxi due to its large population base and relatively fast population growth.