China's plan to fine lone mums sparks outrage
PLANS to fine women who have children out of wedlock have caused outrage in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
State media reported yesterday that under draft legislation being considered by the city's government, unmarried mothers and women who had children with men who were already married would face "social compensation fees". The proposal, drawn up by family planning officials, is designed to target women who "knowingly have children out of wedlock", according to a report in the Global Times newspaper.
State media said the aim of the legislation was to "intensify family planning management and keep the birth rate at a low level". (© Daily Telegraph, London)