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.
It includes $1 million to pay for long-term contraception measures such as implants or intra-uterine devices. Should contraception be free for beneficiaries?
I don't understand the uproar. I thought contraception was already free for most people -if they went through Family Planning.
I know it used to be.
No one is telling poor people that they can't have children - as the extreme lefties like Sue Bradford are claiming. The government is just giving them something that most women require at some point in their lives - for free.
Is there no pleasing these welfare advocates...
I was watching Campbell Live tonight and they interviewed a woman named Shantalle that would have been about 20 - 25 MAX who is on her third pregnancy and on a benefit. Someone needs to explain to her how babies are made.
I wanted to talk to her myself - and explain to her just how expensive kids are once they are teenagers and how it is impossible to pay for everything they need on one income - let alone a benefit. I wanted to tell her how every single cent i have goes to mine. I wanted to tell her how i have not been able to afford new clothes for three years and how i have to keep gluing the soles of my boots back together, and how long my hair is now but that is only because i can only afford one hair cut a year!
I would have told her how every single time i think i might have five dollars for myself - one of my angels puts their hand out for something.
She wouldn't believe me even if i did tell her though. I know i wouldn't have believed how expensive teenagers could be - until it happened to me.
This is giving women like Shantalle an option - a choice - for free.
What on earth is wrong with that...
Gosh - i wish i could afford a new keyboard so that my question mark would work again!