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One-child policy change won't apply to couples with twins

Family planning authorities said couples with only one spouse from one-child family can't have more children if they have twins or more children in the first pregnancy, even though the nation announced a change to its strict one-child policy on Friday.

According to the new policy, couples with one spouse from a one-child family can have a second child. Officials said the policy allows two children, not two successful pregnancies.

Currently, only couples meeting a few circumstances can have a second child, such as both spouses being from a one-child family or the first child having a non-inherited disability.

In some rural areas, couples can have a second child if the first one is a girl.

The new policy will be enacted after regional lawmakers, the Shanghai People's Congress in Shanghai, amend the current family planning regulation. Before the amended regulation takes effect, it still will be illegal for couples with only one spouse from one-child family to deliver a second child, officials said.

According to the current family planning regulations, couples with both spouses from a one-child family can't have more children if the first pregnancy brings twins or more children.


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