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    It's a disgusting violation of bodily autonomy. Not to mention discrimination against women. Will men be treated the same?

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    I think it's quite horrifying - it takes two to make a baby so where is the outrage about the men who are leaving these women unable to support themselves and needing welfare.

    I have to say I was a bit blown away with the figures - that 20% of all births in Australia are to women on welfare (I think I heard that correctly and it did my head in), but the answer isn't contraception, it's in many other diverse areas such as education, social services, self-esteem, relationships, more support for working mothers, affordable day care, etc.

    On one hand the government wants us to breed more as it's better for the economy to have more tax-payers down the track, but on the other hand they only want people who aren't on welfare to have children. Lots of double standards and no real answers. Taking bodily autonomy away from women is back in the dark ages. We need a more intelligent conversation on what the answer might be rather than a knee-jerk reaction to force women onto contraception.

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    I don't even know where you start with just how generalised and stereotypical this is.
    Not to mention inhumane! One of the comments "for" this was a woman arguing that the days of being a stay at home mum were a thing of the past.
    So basically, if you're not rich, don't breed. Geeeeet farked!!! The assumption that every single WOMAN receiving a benefit is milking the system is outrageous.
    Eg: What if your partner /husband works full time and you as the mother are staying home for the first few years of your child's life and you qualify for assistance? You the dregs of society, according to this and should be temporarily sterilised?!

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    And if the contraception fails, what then? Forced abortion?

    F#$*ing disgusting.

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    Not only is it sexist as others have said. Maybe we should have forced sterilisation for men that keep reproducing, then either dodging CS or sitting on the dole with 10 kids then?

    Seriously I think sometimes pollies are punking us.

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    Idiocy. Seriously. His comments suggest that women are to blame for producing the next generation of welfare dependents. What about the men who up and leave and fail to help support the kids? Or abuse their partners, leaving them financially destitute and terrified? Or the ones that sleep around and have 2 or 3 babies in a year?? Yeah, sterilize the women, that'll sort it. Idiot.

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    Sounds like something a drunk sexist dude would come out with at a BBQ after drinking far too many stubbies.

    One of those types that people roll their eyes at and wish they'd shut up and pass out already.

    Terrible idea.

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    I saw this advertised on A Current Affair. DH got an earful from me just from the ad. I soooo do not agree. Some (only some!) reasons listed below:

    *Body autonomy
    *The removal of 'choice' of contraception. Lots of people use family planning - successfully! So if you a SAHM getting 'welfare' and not planning kids you 'have' to get hormonal contraception?
    *What about those with bad reactions? Do you get a 'medical' exemption?
    *Why females? Why are males suddenly 'not responsible'
    *What if women feel cornered and get it just because they 'have to' and they get bad reactions and are too scared to go to the dr and try and remove it themselves?

    I will leave it there. Makes me ragey.

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    Just another attack on women by the boys club that run this country.
    Child support amounts are a joke and unreliable, Injectable male hormone contraceptive exists and has shown tk be safe, reversible and effective, why not make the males use birth control?

    Between that and the fact we now have to pay for pap smears I'm just ragey today!

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