One of Scotland’s leading churchmen has sparked controversy by claiming China’s one-child policy has benefited the environment more than anything else in the world.
The Right Reverend David Lunan, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said the fact that the country had enforced the controversial rules limiting couples to having one child meant it had limited its damage to the planet.
Human rights campaigners and religious groups oppose the policy amid concerns about abortion and female infanticide.
Last night, his comments were criticised by John Deighan, parliamentary officer for the Catholic Church in Scotland, who said: “China’s one-child policy is recognised by most people as reprehensible.
“Its policy of abortion and giving licences to women before they are allowed to have children is incompatible with human dignity and the respect that women and families are naturally entitled to.
“There’s a massive imbalance in the population and a social breakdown where children do not have the opportunity to interact with siblings or extended family.
“We do not sacrifice human lives for the environment.”
Full story at Scotland on Sunday.