Chinese City to Fine Unwed Mothers

Draft legislation that includes fines for unmarried mothers in a city in Central China has sparkedcontroversy among experts and residents.

The Regulation on Wuhan’s Population and Family Planning Management, released by the city’s legislativeaffairs office, imposes financial penalties on unmarried mothers, including those who give birth to a childfor a married man although she is aware the man is married.

The aim is to intensify family planning management and keep the birth rate at a low level, according to theregulation.

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Authorities released the draft online on Friday and will accept public suggestions and comments until June7. If approved, the regulation will replace similar rules issued in 2010.

The draft states that an unmarried mother must pay a fine equivalent to at least twice the average incomein the previous year.


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