IT is baby bonus with an additional twist. In baby-strapped Italy, politicians are proposing that women be paid not to have abortions.
The scheme – put forward by the left – comes at a time when the Roman Catholic church is urging a rethink of the country’s 1978 abortion law, reported The Guardian.
It allows abortion on demand in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Last year a majority of MPs from across all parties succeeded in bringing in a law on assisted fertilisation that gave embryos full rights from the point of conception. This could affect the abortion law. [Source]
If consistancy was ever a measure when it came to abortion laws it would have an effect.
With a general election due in four months, both sides are keen to woo the decisive Catholic vote.
Under the scheme, women with financial problems would get between 250 euro ($495) and 350 euro a month for up to six months before giving birth.
I wonder if the word scheme is used as a perjoraitve here? Regardless this looks to be a serious attempt at one of the causes for women to choose abortion.
The low fertility rate threatens to undermine Italy’s competitiveness and make its welfare system unsustainable.
We must stop abortion not because it is the murder of an innoncent human being, but much worse because it threatens competiveness and the welfare system.
Mr Giuseppe Fioroni, one of three MPs sponsoring the budget amendment, said: ‘We want to prevent children being considered as luxury goods in the way that they are now.’
Mr Rocco Buttiglione, a staunchly Roman Catholic member of the Cabinet, said research showed that ‘a significant share of abortions – between 10 per cent and 15 per cent – take place for economic reasons’.
Of course the story had to include a tie in to the Vatican.
The language issuing from the Vatican has grown stronger in recent weeks with one cardinal describing abortion as ‘the worst kind of murder’.