Chinas Oldest Mum In Hot Water Over 3rd Kid Family Law

Story ByLee Bullen,Sub EditorJoseph Golder,AgencyAsia Wire Report

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China’s oldest new mum who at 67 has just given birth to her third child is in being investigated for violating the country’s strict two-child family law policy.

According to local media, the health authority in the city of Zaozhuang in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong is investigating the matter and plan to release their findings soon.

The unnamed 67-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl last month, sparking heated debate as to whether the couple should be fined for breaching the country’s family planning policy by having a third child, according to reports.

The mother’s husband Huang Weiping told local media: “We did not mean to violate the law. I will suggest an administrative review or launch a lawsuit if I am fined for this.”

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In China, couples are not allowed more than two children, although the government has reportedly been less stringent on applying the policy after revising the family planning norms in 2016.

As there have been fewer births in China since the policy change in 2016, central and local governments have launched a number of measures, including longer maternity leave and tax breaks, to encourage couples to have more babies.

The investigation is ongoing.

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