Monday, June 08, 2009

No education for pregnant women

That's the upshot of Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman's response to the vile and discriminatory treatment of pregnant Korean woman Sung Won Kim:

“Under New Zealand immigration policy, student permits are not granted to pregnant women as it places extra strain on the health system, both in terms of money and resources available to New Zealanders. Also, the express purpose of a student permit is to enable study.
...because obviously, people can't do that while they're pregnant, the evidence of countless women over numerous years notwithstanding.

This is a simply medieval attitude, more reminiscent of the Taleban than our supposedly modern, liberal democracy. And the Minister should be ashamed for making it. We would not tolerate this discriminatory policy in our workplace, and we should not tolerate it in our immigration system.