Politician suggests sterilization for poor women

Filed under: Just For Moms, Your Pregnancy, Weird But True

Louisiana State Representative John LaBruzzo is concerned about the future. He's worried for the poor of his state who cannot afford the children they apparently keep having and about the quality of future generations made up of the children of the poor and uneducated. "We're on a train headed to the future and there's a bridge out," said LaBruzzo.

His solution? Sterilization. He is looking at a plan to pay poor women a thousand dollars to get their Fallopian tubes tied. The plan would also cover other forms of birth control, including vasectomies for men (to avoid accusations of being sexist). His plan might include tax incentives for well-to-do, college graduates to have more children as well.

Before you accuse him of racism, however, he is quick to point out that there are more whites on welfare than groups and that the program would be completely voluntary. On the one hand, since it would be voluntary, those who don't like the idea can simply choose not to participate. On the other hand, it sure seems like a step closer to a world where only the wealthy and successful are allowed to reproduce.

Should women be paid to be sterilized?
Definitely not -- you never know where the next Einstein or Hawking will come from204 (35.9%)
It's okay so long as the government isn't paying for it and it's voluntary210 (36.9%)
Prospective parents should have to get a license in order to have kids155 (27.2%)

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.