Katherine O'Brien, Associate Director of Communications and Campaigns, said:
“More than 900,000 children live in families affected by the two-child limit in universal credit and tax credit support. These are children who are receiving less financial support than their peers because of this regressive and misguided policy.
"The two-child limit was devised on the inaccurate belief that family size can be neatly planned. This is simply not the case. No method of contraception is 100% effective, and the majority of women we see experiencing an unplanned pregnancy were using contraception when they conceived. Moreover, even the most carefully planned families can find themselves plunged in to financial difficulties due to sudden illness, death, or unemployment, and this is particularly true during the current pandemic.
"At BPAS, we see women who are considering ending an otherwise wanted pregnancy because of this cruel policy. These women are faced with the “choice” to continue their pregnancy and risk their family falling further into poverty or have an abortion. Given the huge job losses and financial hardship caused by COVID-19, we anticipate that the number of women in this incredibly difficult position will only increase. The two-child limit must be scrapped as a matter of urgency.”
bpas is a charity which sees almost 100,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. BPAS also runs the Centre for Reproductive Research and Communication, which seeks to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers women’s access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare, driven by an understanding of women’s perspectives and needs. You can find out more here: https://www.bpas.org/get-involved/centre-for-reproductive-research-communication/