New Chinese law: Visit your parents — or else

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A new law that went into effect in China on Monday requires children to visit regularly with their elderly parents.

“Family members who live apart from their parents should often visit or send regards to their parents,” the law states, United Press International reported.

Opponents are outraged, calling it an unnecessary overreach, and they’re also wondering how the government plans to enforce it.

A commenter to a South China Morning Post story posted online: “It’s not feasible. How do authorities define ‘often’ and how would they enforce the law?”

And another, UPI reported: “The intention is good, but the method is bad. It is not suitable to use laws to regulate moral issues. Moraility is not something we can force.”

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