And the attack on motherhood and the unborn continues…

Free birth control for beneficiaries
Author: Claire Trevett and Herald Online staff
Source: NZ Herald online
Published: May 8, 2012

Full source article: www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10804206

 

“Women on benefits – including teenagers and the daughters of beneficiaries – will be offered free long-term contraception as part of a $287.5 million Budget package for the Government’s welfare reforms.

But critics say the measure borders on state control of women’s reproductive choices.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett and Prime Minister John Key announced the package yesterday, aimed at supporting beneficiaries to get into training or work.

… The reforms include a requirement for those who have another child while on a benefit to look for work when that baby is 1, rather than wait until he or she is 5.

Ms Bennett said given that the Government was introducing penalties for those who had further children while on a benefit, it needed to ensure there was better access to contraception.

…However, Sue Bradford of the Auckland Action Against Poverty Group said the measure bordered on state-control of women’s reproductive choices. The former Green MP said although it was billed as voluntary, there was a power imbalance between beneficiaries and case managers, who were under new pressure to get people back into work.

“My fear is that they will be pressured and intimidated into going along to the appointment for contraception. There are many in the church and community groups who believe that the state should not play a role in women’s reproductive lives.”

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei agreed, telling Newstalk ZB this morning providing free contraception is not the role of the state.

She questioned whether the initiative would be as voluntary as the Government has promised.

“Any experience with the welfare system will tell you that staff will be encouraged to encourage women to take up the injection or IUD or similar, and there will be pressure on these young women to do that.”

Rebecca Occleston, from the Beneficiary Advisory Service in Christchurch, told Radio New Zealand it was “insulting” the way beneficiaries were being targeted.

“I think they are putting it in a way that implies that people on benefits are having children deliberately, so here, have some contraception, that will stop the problem.

“I think that is a bit simplified.”

… From July, young people must be in training or education. Their essential costs such as rent and power will be paid directly by Work and Income and, other than a small allowance, their benefit will be loaded onto a payment card which can be used only to buy necessities such as groceries.

From October, solo parents will have to look for part-time work when their youngest child is 5 and full-time work when he or she is 14….”

 

Beneficiary birth control ‘slippery rope to eugenics’
Source: ONE News
Published: May 08, 2012

Full source article: tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/free-birth-control-beneficiaries-common-sense-pm-4869033

 

Sue Bradford (former Green MP)– “‘I see it very much as the first step on a slippery rope to eugenics…. Steps like this are actually going down the direction of the Government saying ‘well, if you’re on a benefit and you get pregnant, you should have an abortion, you should have forced sterilization’. I know they haven’t gone that far, but this is the first dangerous step on that road.'”

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