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Unintended Consequences

February 15th, 2006 - 11:12 am

Well, maybe one more thing before I go back to drinking tea and zoning out. This item from Will Saletan was too good to pass up:

Chinese women are taking fertility drugs to evade the country’s one-child policy. Pharmacists are selling the drugs indiscriminately to women who want to increase their chances of getting two or more kids from their one allowed pregnancy. Twin births are up nationwide; a hospital that used to deliver 20 sets of twins or triplets a year now delivers 90. Chinese government’s warning: These drugs are dangerous for women and kids because multiple-fetus pregnancies can lead to abnormalities and premature births. Critics’ rejoinder: Women will stop taking the drugs if you let them have two babies the normal way.

Where there’s a will…

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