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.
I agree, this is heading into very dangerous territory. From a Catholic perspective, the use of contraception is completely immoral. (See Contraception, Why Not?)
I suppose the problem is that the Government is acting as quasi-husband to thousands of single women with children, so is therefore theoretically within it's right to demand that those women not have more children. But instead it ignores the activity that creates the children (ie sex) and just wants the women to keep doing what they are doing (having casual relationships with men who won't act as fathers to their children) and throws contraception at them. In other words, the women can keep rorting the taxpayer by pretending to not have relationships, take the contraception and therefore keep those men free from any responsibility.
However, until the Government and society stops encouraging women to be sexually available, it and we are morally responsible for all the children that result from such activity.
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