In a desperate effort to hang on to a few red-neck votes, National keeps on ramping up rhetoric against solo mums. There was talk of compulsory contraception or sterilisation. National played up those ideas, even though it hasn’t followed through. Is it any surprise, then, that poor mums, who don’t follow the news closely, just hear the rumours, are being scared into abortions?
They think they’ll lose their DPB or be sterilised if they have another kid. So, if they fall pregnant, they get an abortion,or they try to hide the birth.
It’s not just misunderstanding. At least one woman has been advised by WINZ to get an abortion.
Is this the result we want from National’s politicking? That women are scared out of having children and forced to get abortions? Sure, Paula Bennett isn’t herding women up and taking them to the clinic, but the effect is the same.
Here’s National’s pollster, David Farrar, on the topic:
Tough welfare reforms now going through Parliament may deter some women from seeing the sole parent benefit as a viable lifestyle – but at the risk of long-term harm to their children.
As with almost all policies, there is a trade-off. The reforms should deter some women from having multiple children while remaining on the DPB, but they may cause some hardship for some families. I don’t think the status quo was working or acceptable, so support the reforms.
Now she is pregnant again to a man she met only once.
“It was just a silly thing one night, I got drunk one night in town,” she says. “I was alone by myself that weekend, Antonio had gone to his family. I decided to go into Auckland City with friends and they showed me a whole life that I didn’t know.”
She considered an abortion but rejected it: “It’s a Maori belief, it’s a gift from God.”
A good example of the problem with the status quo.
Doesn’t it make you fucken sick to your stomach. This fat elitist fuck talking about a poor woman not being willing to get an abortion as a “problem with the status quo” and damning children to a life of poverty as a “trade-off” for trying to scare women into not getting pregnant.
This is the disgusting bowl of lard that told us he and his ilk needed a big fat tax cut, paid for with service cuts and borrowing, because it was for our own good – pontificating to the poor, made poor by the policies of the Right while the Rightwingers get fatter.
I can’t wait until we vote these elitist scum out. And once we do, we better make sure there is payback for the looting and the exploitation of the poor and powerless that they have inflicted in these two terms.