Gay Byrne explores attitudes to unmarried mothers in 1980s Ireland.

Gay Byrne talks to Marianne McArdle, a single unmarried mother with two children and Mary Higgins, Information Officer with Cherish, an organisation that helps women like her. Higgins was once an unmarried mother herself. Byrne asks her why taxpayers should support them. Many married women have written to the show about their own hardship, wondering why the unmarried mothers should get state support. Higgins says it is the system that is wrong. People feel threatened by the idea of women raising children on their own outside of marriage.