The move came five years after the CCP scrapped a historic policy limiting most couples to just one child, which gave rise to decades of human rights abuses, including forced late-term abortions and sterilizations, as well as widespread monitoring of women's fertility by officials.
However, a family-planning official in the southwestern province of Guizhou said the policy has yet to be implemented on the ground, and that couples who give birth to a third child are still regarded as having breached the current, two-child limit. "The situation right now is that the [three-child] policy has not yet been implemented," an official who answered the phone at the Guizhou provincial government family planning bureau on Tuesday told RFA. "The three-child policy hasn't yet been implemented and has not yet been introduced," the official said. "Third pregnancies are still being treated as excess births."