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'Zero Quota' Proposals Restrict Mainland Chinese Births in Hong Kong

April 25, 2012 By: Danielle Stepongzi

BBC News reports under Chief-Executive-Elect CY Leung, mainland China mothers can no longer give birth in Hong Kong.

In 2013, under the "Zero Quota" proposal, pregnant women from mainland China will be ineligible for obstetrics services from public hospitals unless their husbands are from Hong Kong. While private hospitals are not required to do so in the proposal, they will follow suit.

Children born to mainland parents in Hong Kong have always been guaranteed the right to live and work in Hong Kong, as well as the right to carry a  Hong Kong passport.

Some mainland parents choose to give birth in Hong Kong in an attempt to get around the one-child policy.

Many hospital chiefs initially opposed CY Leung's proposals, but felt they had no choice but to comply.

Read BBC News' story here.

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