The Tory rape clause is one of the most “abhorrent” policies to come out of Westminster, MSP Rona Mackay has said.
If a woman wishes to claim tax credits for a third child, she must prove the infant was conceived as a result of rape.
The rape clause and two child policy is sparked outrage from the public, faith leaders, trade unions, women’s rights campaigners and politicians from all parties.
Critics say the two child policy will only worsen child poverty that scars many communities in Scotland, that the SNP is taking radical action to tackle with the upcoming Child Poverty Bill and more.
Ms Mackay said: “Asking a woman to prove that her child was conceived as a result of rape is utterly appalling and must be one of the most abhorrent policies ever to emanate from Westminster.
“Ministers even conceded in the consultation response document that ‘most respondents felt it was unacceptable for the UK Government to ask women to re-live the ordeal of a rape just in order to make a claim for benefit’.
“Despite receiving that loud and overwhelming message, this appalling and crass Tory Government refused to listen to some of the most vulnerable women in society.
“I challenge Tory politicians in East Dunbartonshire to justify this disgusting policy – their leader is too cowardly to make a statement herself.”
Facts & stats
There are 870,000 families in the UK with 3 or more children.
Less than half of the 870,000 families (310,000) are out of work.
Just 280,000 families have 4 or more children.
Limiting of child element equivalent loss of up to £2,800 per child.
We estimate an additional 200,000 children in relative poverty by 2020.
52% of Jewish families have three or more children.
For the Muslim community, the proportion is 60%. That stands in stark contrast to the population as a whole, out of which only 30% of families have three or more children.