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Punish single unwed mums & babies to deter women having children out of wedlock

Punish single unwed mums & babies to deter women having children out of wedlock

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Unwed mothers deserve no sympathy.

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I agree with the writer of “Unwed mums did make choices that led to their situation” (Aug. 1), and I wish to add a point.

Some people argue for more benefits on the grounds that the child is innocent. While this is true, the child is also the parents’ responsibility.

For something to be a strong disincentive, it often must go beyond affecting the person himself. Nothing is more motivating than preventing harm from coming to the people one loves.

For example, jail terms are a deterrent not only because of the unpleasant confinement, but also the loss of income, which may create hardship for the offender’s family.

Likewise, loan sharks ask for their client’s address because they can incentivise their clients to pay their debt by inflicting some pain on their family.

Kidnapping a person and asking for ransom would work better than torturing him directly. Terrorists, criminals and the justice system understand this principle.

In the case of benefits for single mothers, if we intend to deter people from unwanted pregnancies, we must make good on the threat of inadequate support for a child born out of wedlock, otherwise the deterrent will not work.

In conclusion, the matter is a balance between social justice and setting the right incentives.

Sum Siew Kee

This is a real letter published in Today on Aug. 3, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 









Updated: Pay additional $15 to ensure you carry home the correct baby

Updated: Pay additional $15 to ensure you carry home the correct baby

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Update (Oct. 10, 2013, 6:05pm): Audrey Lau, director of the Corporate Development Division at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital has written to New Nation about our “factually incorrect” post.

It was initially stated in this post that KK Hospital and Gleneagles have introduced a service for parents of new born babies.

However, she wrote: “We would like to place on record that the information implied by your post is factually incorrect. KKH does not have an additional charge to patients for the use of this system. The Lianhe Wanbao report referred to in your post clearly mentions that KKH does not charge patients.”

New Nation will be updating this post to include any new information.

Including those from Lianhe Wanbao and Gleneagles, if any.

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One hospital, Gleneagles, has introduced a service for parents of new born babies.

To ensure they are given 100% assurance that the baby they are carrying home is theirs, all they need to do is to pay an additional $15.

An incident in November last year in KK Hospital involved a mix-up, which resulted in two babies going home with the wrong parents.