| Globaltimes.cn | 2013-6-20 16:32:00
|Situation of unwed mother|
If children are the future then it is important to ensure that those that are born are able to get a fighting chance to succeed in life, as well as ensuring that their mothers do not end up feeling that this miracle of birth is a death sentence for them.
Wang Xixin, law professor at Peking University
The rights of unmarried mothers and their babies should be protected as long as the mother does not have a second child in contravention of China's family planning laws. Imposing a “social compensation fee” for having a child out of wedlock is both discriminatory and a violation of property.
@普罗旺斯的望角：I completely agree with fining unmarried mothers. They cause many problems, are not able to support their children and lack any sense of family responsibility. I think having a child should be a decision made between both the man and woman, which in the end is best for the child’s mental and physical health.
Whether you want to admit it or not, unwed mothers exist. From a social standpoint, they could even be seen as progress. This problem did not exist when the family planning policy was put into effect decades ago. Back then, marriage was a prerequisite for having a child. But now things have changed. Women are no longer just wives. They are independent. More importantly, they are economically independent. Chinese women are able to make their own decisions now more than ever, and some are deciding to have children without getting married.
Solutions to this issue should not be based in morality, but rather proper analysis: Who comprises this group? What is their education background and income? Are they largely unplanned pregnancies?
Ma Jinzhen, a lawyer from Tongchuang Law Firm
"Although the intention of the draft is understandable, it's hard to provide evidence to prove if the father is married or not, because the information of the father's hukou (household registration) may not have been updated in time, This could create lots of problems."
Yu Shaoxiang, an expert on social security at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Imposing the social compensation fee will definitely lead to increased abortions and abandoned infants. Depending on their economic situation, unmarried mothers may even choose to run away or even sell their children. This would create problems rather than solve them.
@知风：For some unmarried mothers social compensation fees are not a big deal, but for others it’s making their situation worse. The rich can handle fines while the poor cannot, and this is unfair.
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