With everything else that the Nats are messing up at the moment, this little gem attracted surprisingly little attention:
Government mulling ways to stop ‘unfit’ parents reproducing
The Government is considering a range of hard-line measures to try and stop ‘unfit’ parents from having more children.
It comes as an inquiry is ordered into the death of a Rotorua two-month-old who was suffocated by his drunk mother. The mother was sentenced to prison yesterday.
RadioLIVE asked Social Development Minister Paula Bennett whether parents who abuse their kids should be allowed to have more children. Paula Bennett says she and her colleagues have had enough and are putting together a White Paper on the issue.
“I can tell you that they are completely fed up with these children continuously being born to completely unfit parents. That’s a step that’s right out there, and I can tell you there is certainly discussion going on around it.”
What’s an “unfit parent”? Who decides? Maybe society as a whole could agree on some extreme cases, but do we really want the National Party doing it? The Nats have a thoroughly unhealthy obsession with the politics of reproduction. John Key “thinks” (despite all the evidence to the contrary) that parents on the DPB are “breeding for a business”. This proposal, like their earlier plans for free long-term contraception for beneficiaries (only), is the thin end of a wedge, designed to get us used to the political control of fertility.
The problem for the Nats is that they can’t make these proposals credibly because have already let slip their real agenda. Here’s Paula Bennet back in June:
Bennett: No compulsory contraception for now
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is “a big fan” of long acting contraception for solo mums but says her Government is “not quite” at the stage of making it compulsory.
That is where the Nats want to head – compulsory contraception for solo “mums” (not “dads” eh). Social engineering. Eugenics. As a country and as a people we should never go there. And we should be very very wary of proposals like “stopping ‘unfit’ parents reproducing”, because they must be recognised as the thin end of the dangerously obsessive National Party wedge that they are.