Before George Osborne decided to take up a sixth job as the editor of the Evening Standard, he was busy making sure women pay for the effects of their oppression by continuing the tampon tax and funnelling the money into women’s charities.
What he didn’t mention was that £250,000 of that money was going to fund organisation Life – an anti-abortion charity that encourages survivors of rape to keep the baby rather than enforce what they call a “death penalty” on their largely unformed foetuses.
— FPA (@FPACharity) April 2, 2017
Of course, there has been widespread outrage about this discovery across the women’s rights sector, including from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which provides abortion care and support for women who want it.
“This is a tax on women’s periods being used to fund an organisation that is opposing women’s autonomy over their own bodies and pregnancies,” Claire Murphy, director of external affairs at the BPAS, told The Independent.
“They are not interested in women, they are interested in unborn babies, and giving priority to unborn babies over women’s needs is absolutely shocking.”
— bpas (@bpas1968) April 3, 2017
Sexual health charity Brook has launched a number of investigations into the practices Life runs. The studies found that Life “falsely linked abortion to mental health problems, increased risk of suicide, breast cancer, placenta praevia and ectopic pregnancy (all of which are discounted by the RCOG’s professional guidelines on abortion).”
The Tampon Tax Fund is also going towards several women’s centres for survivors of domestic violence and rape, including Black Country Women’s Aid and Stepping Stones.
However, the irony of women paying for their own treatment for abuse, largely caused by men, via supposedly luxury sanitary items they can’t do without once a month, isn’t lost on us.