Government sends conflicting message to women. No-one is surprised.

So. Once again the government are making sweeping statements about women’s lives, and managing to completely contradict themselves at the same time. Of course.

On October 31st, Nadine Dorries (that “modern feminist” we all love so much) is leading a debate on lowering the abortion limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. Not only is this a debate that is so rooted in her own personal beliefs that it should be held in her kitchen rather than in Westminster Hall, but it’s also completely pointless as the statistics show that only 1.4% of women who have abortions have them past the 20 week mark. This has nothing to do with the difference between 20 and 24 weeks, but it has everything to do with throwing anti-choice propaganda into the news and into the public conscious.

However. On the flip-side, today Iain Duncan Smith (Irritable Duncan Syndrome, thank you Radio 4’s The News Quiz!) announced his latest policy proposal of cutting benefits for any woman who has more than two children.

So. They’re making abortion more difficult, but they’re reducing the amount of help you get once you have the child. Women cannot win. You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. This is a clear example of how the government are making women’s lives as difficult as possible. I think the UK Feminista March on Parliament was definitely needed, and I think more action needs to be taken to draw attention to the awful way the government are treating women.

And not to mention the fact that, if IDS has his way, the child will suffer. Taking money away from a parent does not prove your point, making single mothers suffer by throwing the benefit scrounger rhetoric at them – as with disabled people and young people – shows perfectly how the government is picking on those who are struggling the most.

It’s disgusting. It demonizes women. This is NOT a government for women – it’s a government that hates them.


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