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Ruth Archer BS: A snip at 200? (sterilizing addicts) (66* d) RE: BS: A snip at 200? (sterilizing addicts) 19 Oct 10

Ummm...just to play devil's advocate for a minute...

This thread has focused, rightly, on the dangers of eugenics and enforced sterilisation. But I understand one of the compromise measures that Project Prevention offers to women is Contraceptive injections/implants, which are not a permanent "solution". The implants last for 5 years, and in the case of the injection, the addicts get a small payment every three months for turning up and having it.

I have to say, I have quite mixed feelings about this issue. While everything people have said in this thread about addicts being vulnerable and an easy target is true, the children born to addicts, often in poverty and chaos, are starting life in a terribly vulnerable and precarious situation. If they stay with their parents, they are likely to suffer neglect or abuse; if they go into the care system, what happens to them is often just as bad. I am not suggesting that women who are addicts should not receive drug treatment and support - of course they should. But giving them an incentive to choose a long-term - not necessarily permanent - contraceptive solution while they are still battling addiction doesn't seem, to me, to be all that extreme an idea.

Anyone who has ever come into contact with children who have been victim to their parents' drug addictions, or with adoptive parents who have had to deal with the emotional fallout of such situations, would surely understand that preventing pregnancies in an atmosphere of chaos and neglect makes sense...

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