Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Making drug addicts sterile
This morning I was reading the metro on my way into work. I had to take a second look at an article, that I looked up and found in the NY Times too. Its an article about a group called Crack, or Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity, who are offering drug addicts 200-400$ in exchange for them becoming sterile. So there is a legal group offering a drug addict money (while they are already addicted and not of sane mind) to agree to a decision that will effect the rest of their lives, even if one day they may become sober. I don't know but that just seems crazy to me! I mean I guess if a person is committed to being a drug addict for the rest of their lives, with no one helping them to get clean, then maybe they should go for it, but what if they are just looking for money? What if they are trying to get clean and starving so they do it for the money? What if they want to get clean someday but don't know how and are waiting for help? On the other hand, I understand the motive behind wanting to prevent children from being born to parents that are addicts and who won't be necessarily taking care of them. Its a very confusing topic.
From the article:
"What she's doing is suggesting there are certain neighbourhoods where it is dangerous for some people to be reproducing," said Lynn Paltrow of National Advocates for Pregnant Women. "It suggests they are not worthy of reproducing."..."Since Crack began, it has paid 833 women and 21 men nationwide to become sterilised or have long-term birth control."
What are your thoughts? Would you help administer or donate to a group that was injecting permanent birth control into drug addicts to prevent unwanted births?