Friday, 25 June 2010

Parenthood is a choice, not a right

Perusing the Hansard (as one does), I came across this statement by Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore, Labour):
Gingerbread, the charity for single parents, has said that families having a second child could be worse off by up to £1,200 a year. Chief executive Fiona Weir said:
"Having a baby puts the family finances under pressure. These cuts will really hit families with young children hard."

Having a baby can indeed put family finances under pressure. That's a good reason for thinking hard before having a baby. If you do choose to reproduce, you must accept the consequences. For a single parent that means getting a job or finding a partner who can support you, or perhaps relying on the support of family and friends.

In any case, it is not my problem! Pregnancy does not give you any claim to my money. I should not be forced to subsidise your lifestyle choice!

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