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Status: Ongoing  2013-06-03 00:00 ~ 2023-07-03 00:00

Fair to fine unmarried mothers?

As the number of the out-of-wedlock births increases, the municipal government of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province began soliciting public opinion Friday on drafted legislation under which unmarried mothers should be charged "social maintenance fees". The draft, which sparked intense controversy online, states that an unmarried mother must pay a fine equivalent to two times the annual per capita disposable income in Wuhan, which amounts to about 80,000 yuan ($12,944). Do you think it is fair to impose fines on unmarried mothers?

 



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