Free contraception policy poorly planned
31 January 2013
Free contraception policy poorly
The fact that just six women from
Auckland and only 35 nationally have taken up Paula
Bennett’s ‘contraception for beneficiaries’ has
nothing to do with the non-promotion of it, but everything
to do with it being an ill-conceived, political stunt,
Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Jacinda Ardern
“The take-up rate shows what a botched,
politically-focused policy this actually is.
“Paula Bennett reasons the low uptake is due to Work
and Income not actively promoting the scheme.
would suggest it’s because women are being asked to stump
up – hundreds of dollars in some cases – then take the
invoice to Work and Income to get a refund.
only are these women on extremely limited incomes, Work and
Income should never have been in the picture.
“Labour supports improving access to birth control,
but to target those on the benefit is pointless and wrong.
This should have been about helping all low income women,
not just those on benefits, and certainly not via a Work and
Income case manager.
“If the Government was
genuine in wanting to improve access to contraception for
people on low incomes, then it should have based the scheme
on the Community Services card.
“The scheme was
never about helping women. It was about political posturing
and the take-up rate proves that.”
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