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Rubio: China’s one-child policy is ‘disastrous’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blasted China for its “one-child policy” on the law’s 34th anniversary.

“Thirty four years ago today, the communist regime in China enacted its ‘One-Child Policy,’ one of the most disastrous and immoral social policies ever imagined in human history,” Rubio wrote on Thursday. “The U.S. must continue to advocate for the complete elimination of the One-Child policy.”

{mosads}Rubio said the rule has disproportionately affected girls and forces parents to have abortions or hide their children by not seeking a birth certificate.

“China’s One-Child Policy has condemned approximately 37 million Chinese girls — who the policy helped deem unwanted or ‘surplus’ — to abortion, infanticide, abandonment and human trafficking,” Rubio wrote. “Today there are about 13 million Chinese who lack household registration certificates because they were born in violation of the One-Child Policy.”

Rubio said the lack of a birth certificate means the girls are unable to attend school, get married or find employment. He added that this leaves them vulnerable to human trafficking.

Rubio called on Congress to pass his bill, the Girls Count Act, which would direct U.S. foreign assistance to support the rights of women and girls in developing countries by working to establish birth registries.

“The Girls Count Act will help pave the way for millions — especially young girls and women who have been disproportionately affect — to benefit from new opportunities previously denied to them,” Rubio wrote.

Rubio is considered a potential GOP presidential candidate for 2016.

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