I’m not trusting myself to come up with words here, so here’s a quick hit on what the forced-birthers in Australia are up to right now. Put sharp objects down before reading. Emphasis is mine. Discuss.
Fixing a loophole that allows the $5,000 baby bonus to be claimed for late-term abortions is too costly to do this year, a parliamentary hearing has been told.
Parents are eligible for the payment on compassionate grounds if a baby is stillborn beyond 20 weeks’ gestation. This creates a loophole for women having late-term abortions to claim the payment.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi brought the issue to the government’s attention in August.
A Senate estimates hearing was told that the government had agreed to fix the loophole but not until January next year. […]
Senator Bernardi said he was concerned women would continue to abuse the loophole before the changes were made.
“Women can have abortions and that satisfies the criteria for a stillbirth,” Senator Bernardi told the hearing.
“There is horrific evidence given on radio by one lady who rang in and said she knows someone who has done this three times to claim the baby bonus.
For background on Bernardi, see his webpage here. “* Supporting Judeo Christian values as the framework on which our nation has been established.” Yes. He’s one of those.