Senator Steve Fielding’s comments about a so-called loophole in the paid maternity leave scheme has been widely condemned. Sen Fielding said that some women might purposely get themselves pregnant then have an abortion at 20 weeks so they can get paid maternity leave.
Steve Fielding’s comments are wrong on so many levels.
Steve Fielding forgets about women who go through a whole pregnancy and then have to go through a stillbirth. Someone might take months or even years to recover from something like this. Should this person still get maternity leave? Of course they bloody well should.
What about a woman who has a scan at 20 weeks and finds out their baby is hideously deformed and will only live for moments after birth. The kindest thing this woman can do, unless you are a heartless pro-life nutter, is to have an abortion. I personally would want this person to have maternity leave.
Pregnancy is one of the most dangerous undertakings most women are going to go through. It is dangerous for the baby and the mother. Pregnancy is often complicated and there are many reasons why things go wrong. Any legislation of this kind has to come face-to-face with this fact.
Do you know many women who are so evil that they would go through with Steve Fielding’s scheme of defrauding the government? That is incredibly evil- Hitler evil! And to suggest there is a whole horde of evil Hitler women junkies out there just waiting for this legislation is plain ridiculous.
From what I know about junkies it is all about the short term. They need money now, so they can get a hit now. Does a junkie even have the long-term planning to pull something like this off?
Steve Fielding you are an idiot. You have sat back the Family First party years and seriously damaged the pro-life movement. I really hope you never get another Senate term.