Firstly, this topic has the propensity to become heated, but I've been thinking about this for a few days and am genuinely interested in people's views.
I was chatting with someone recently who expressed frustration and anger towards her sister and BIL. According to her they are both on long term Disability, her for mental illness and him for a back injury, and since the approval of payments years ago they have gone on to have 4 children (she is pg with the 5th) and he works part time.
She is angry as she feels that having 5 kids she adequately cares for is proof her mental illness really isn't severe enough that she can never work again. When I quizzed her as to whether she meant that people with MI and disability shouldn't have kids she said that wasn't the case. That it was the fact that the govt had ruled she was so disabled with mental illness she couldn't work yet her ailment didn't impact enough on being a primary carer to soon to be 5 kids. She argued that was way more stressful than packing shelves 3 or 4 days a week. Likewise she expressed anger that her BIL was working 2 to 3 days a week and keeping all his disability payments. She was confused how someone who had been ruled with such a severe injury to be on disability could not only be allowed to work, but to keep all of his payments.