In recent years, tycoons and celebrities flouting the birth control regulations have become a hot social issue. Recently, 11 ministries and commissions, including the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the State Family Planning Commission, collectively issued the Notification on Strengthening the Policies and Measures concerning the Population and Family Planning. The notification rules that the amount of the “social child-raising fee” shall be determined by the birth control violator’s income level.
Citizens are showing great concern about how to impose fines on the rich who disobey birth control laws. The question is: how much they should be fined? This is what happened recently in Guangzhou: a pregnant woman accompanied by her husband strutted in to visit their local birth control office. They took out a red bankbook, flung it on the desk and said, “Here is 200,000 yuan (US$26,570), impose as much of a fine as you want. We need to take care of our future baby. Please do not come to disturb us.” [Full Text]
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