Roundup: Australian Senator Claims Women Would Have Late Term Abortions for Pay


In case you didn’t know, women will do pretty much anything to get an easy payout.  And there is absolutely nothing in this world easier than being pregnant, right?

Or so claims Steve Fielding, a senator from the “Family First” party in Australia.

The senate was debating a historic piece of legislation that would allow women 18 weeks of paid leave after the birth of a child, when Fielding began expressing his “concerns.”  The leave would be granted not just to those who gave birth to live children, but also to women who had given birth to a stillborn baby (technically, the birth of a child after 20 weeks that did not survive).  Fielding stated that allowing stillborns to be included was a massive “loophole” that could be taken advantage of.  From the HeraldSun:

“Drug addicts and welfare cheats can get themselves pregnant and then after 20 weeks have an abortion and still pocket the Government’s cash,” he told the Senate.

“There may be mums out there who want to cheat the system in a horrific way.”

His comments were rejected by fellow senators as sad and pathetic.

“All I was trying to do was close that loophole,” Senator Fielding told ABC TV today, adding his approach was “fair and reasonable”.

“I wasn’t the only one to raise this issue in the Senate yesterday.”

But Senator Fielding, when pressed to name the other senators, could not come up with any names.

Fielding’s comments were quickly attacked by many, including the country’s sex discrimination commissioner.  Via ABC News, Australia:

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has described Family First Senator Steve Fielding’s claim that women may try to claim paid parental leave after having late-term abortions as shocking and offensive.

Ms Broderick says she wants to meet with Senator Fielding to discuss his comments over the provisions in the law for stillborn babies.

“To the extent that we could suggest that women could get pregnant and then have a late-term abortion solely for the purpose of collecting paid parental leave – I think most people around Australia found those comments quite offensive,” she told ABC 2.

According to Crikey, this isn’t the first time Fielding has attacked the plan, and in very vehement terms:

in fact, Fielding has been spouting malicious garbage about paid parental leave since at least Tuesday morning when, on the doors, he said the government’s scheme “is putting prisoners and prostitutes ahead of stay-at-home mums”.

The line didn’t really get the sort of media run Fielding is used to, so he had another go yesterday, tweeting:

About to talk in the Senate about PPL. The govt is giving prisoners and prostitutes the payment while stay at home mums get nothing

Welcome to Steve Fielding’s version of the Madonna-whore complex: stay-at-home mums and prostitutes and prisoners.

Kind of makes you wonder how pro-family the “Family First” party really is.

Mini Roundup: All of the usual suspects are fighting the FDA approval for ella.  But since they are against plain old ordinary contraception, too, does anyone consider them unbiased sources?

June 16, 2010

Charlie Crist gambles on the left – Washington Post

FRC Responds to Release of First Ever GAO Report on Federal Funding for … – PR Newswire

Fielding scorned over abortion jibe – Herald Sun

Feminism Today Breaks New Ground, But It Isn’t Pro-Life – Campus Progress

Ella: Contraception or Abortion Pill? – MyFox Phoenix

Activists protest abortion pill at Ashland clinic – Ashland Daily Tidings

Charlie Crist Courts Left, Could Win Democrats’ Support – CBS News

Family First scorned over abortion jibe – Herald Sun

Women Allege Forced Abortion Inside Church of Scientology – Care2.com

Abortion ultrasound bills wins final legislative approval – 2TheAdvocate

CWA to Testify at FDA Hearing on Abortion Drug – Christian News Wire

Iowa Governor Chet Culver Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Abortion Business – LifeNews.com

Bureaucratic housekeeping in Naperville turns into debate over abortion clinics – Chicago Tribune

Ultrasound Required Before Abortion – NewOrleans.Com

Fielding defends abortion comments – Herald Sun

Vote Last Steve Fielding – Crikey

Fielding’s abortion rorts claim ‘offensive’ – ABC Online

Anti-abortion bills win final legislative approval – 2TheAdvocate

Do obese adults need better sexual health care? – The Guardian

Study: Obese Women Have Less Sex, More Babies – CBS News

Planned Parenthood endorses Culver – DesMoinesRegister.com

New Morning-After Pill Passes First FDA Hurdle – MedPage Today

Study finds more HIV testing needed – Private MD

South African Business Tackles HIV/AIDS – Voice of America

Antiretrovirals During Breast-Feeding Shield Babies From HIV, Study Shows – U.S. News & World Report

A Father’s Role? – New York Times

June 17, 2010

Teen abortion numbers a ‘tragedy’ – Otago Daily Times

Military reexamines reproductive health – Politico

South Carolina Legislature Reaches Consensus over Abortion – The State Column

FRC Urges FDA to Reject New Abortion Drug Falsely Labeled as an Emergency … – PR Newswire

Obesity’s impact on sexual health – TIME

New emergency contraceptive ‘Ella’ safe, effective, FDA experts say – The New Mexico Independent

Antiretrovirals prevent HIV transmission – Times of India

Study: 99% Women Taking AIDS-Preventive Drugs Save Their Kids from HIV – TopNews United Kingdom

It’s Time To Pay Attention To Global Women’s Health Care – Forbes

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  • rachel-larris

    Australia has a sex discrimination commissioner? That’s kind of awesome. Although I guess we have the EEOC which *could* be kind of the same thing.

     

    Never in a million years would any woman have thought of a scheme like Steve Fielding’s. Even a conservative woman probably would have told him that concept is rubbish.

  • robin-marty

    having done the pregnancy thing, I can’t think of ever being willing to go through 20+weeks of pregnancy, then all of the issues that come from a later abortion, just to get 18 weeks of paid minimum wage. You can’t pay me enough to go through morning sickness again without a real child on the end of it…

  • prochoiceferret

    You can’t pay me enough to go through morning sickness again without a real child on the end of it…

    Wouldn’t it be great if pregnancy were as easy and side-effect-free as anti-choice males seem to be certain it is?

  • crowepps

    This just absolutely boggles me, the idea that women would go through 20 WEEKS of pregnancy, which is no picnic, just to get some paid time off work. I’m beginning to understand why so many ProLife activists are willing to let women die during pregnancy, they just out and out despise them all.

  • faultroy

    I don’t know Crowepps… I find it hard for me to understand as well.  I find it odd that women complain so much about pregnancy and child birth, yet for some strange iinexplicable reason, those legs pop into the air, and all of a sudden they are pregnant.  With 20 weeks of pure misery, I cannot comprehend why anyone would want to put themselves thru such torment–some many more than once!!!  Like you, I think they “…just out and out “despise” (sp) them[selves] all…!!!!!” …Oh,… I know–it’s the PATRIARCHY!!!

  • crowepps

     I find it odd that women complain so much about pregnancy and child birth

    Perhaps it might make more sense to you if you consider how the average person complains endlessly about their job.  Enduring pregnancy and child birth are the often unpleasant price that women are willing to pay to get the children that they want just as their jobs are what the person is willing to endure in order to get the money they want.

     

    It might help you grasp the whole notion better if you consider that many women actually LIKE children and get pregnant voluntarily because they want to have them.  Some women want to have children so much that they will go through a long series of risky failed attempts in order to be successful.  That doesn’t mean the PROCESS is pleasant.