AUCKLAND ACTION AGAINST POVERTY
Media release Thursday 31 January 2013
MSD role in contraception must go
Low MSD uptake figures confirm that the contraception programme instigated as part of National’s welfare reforms is all about stigmatising woman on benefits, rather than any genuine kind of support, says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson Sarah Thompson.
“This policy is simply another weapon in the war against women on benefits, implemented as a way of garnering the beneficiary bashing vote in time for the next election.
“It’s a deep irony that the outright misogyny of recent welfare reforms, including this one, has been lead by two women- Paula Bennett and Paula Rebstock.
“This blaming and shaming tactic can be seen in other proposed policies which attempt to paint beneficiaries as drug users and criminals who don’t care for their children.
“Involvement by MSD in the provision of long term contraception should be scrapped immediately on both ethical and financial grounds.
“The state should have no role in using its coercive influence to harass women in regards to their reproductive options.
“The Family Planning Association already provide free contraceptive services to women up to 22, and charge $5 for Community Service Card holders over that age.
“One useful thing Bennett could do would be to subsidise the FPA so that their health checks are free to all those holding CSC cards, and as cheap as possible for everyone else”.