And all because I wrote this...
No responsible adult should plan to have a child unless they have the
wherewithall to bring it up.
Emphasis on the word 'plan'. Is that controversial? Does it say the state shouldn't help families who cannot help themselves? No, of course it doesn't.
Having a child should be the biggest decision of anyone's life. Too many people nowadays fail to even think about the consequences, not only for themselves but for the resultant children.
What it does say is that if you know you can't afford to bring up a child, and you then knowingly plan to have one? I'd say it shows you are being deeply irresponsible. And to have a further nine children, as in the case below, just defies belief.
Having a child is indeed a privilege and not a right. And it is a privilege which the state should not automatically fund unless, through no fault of its own, a family falls on hard times.
I think I might cover this subject on my LBC show tonight...