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What's your take on Compulsory sterilization?

Asked by gilgamesh (227points) July 12th, 2008

It was a topic that my friend did in school for his persuasive speech. Very interesting as I never heard of the issue before. I was just curious of what people think.
Here’s the the basic wikipedia definition about the issue :

Compulsory sterilization programs are government policies which attempt to force people to undergo surgical sterilization. In the first half of the twentieth century, many such programs were instituted in many countries around the world, usually as part of eugenics programs intended to prevent the reproduction and multiplication of members of the population considered to be carriers of defective genetic traits.

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PupnTaco's avatar

In a word, heinous.

And I say this as a happily vasectomied dude.

skfinkel's avatar

I worked in a state legislature when this bill came up—it came from a ‘liberal’ democrat—in response to a case of drug addled women having cocaine baby after cocaine baby. The proposal was not permanent sterilization, but the patches which last three or more months. As horrifying as the cocaine baby scene is, this is what I learned. When women know that if they show signs of being addicted to drugs when giving birth in a hospital that they would be put in such a program, they don’t go to the hospitals. So then, you have the cocaine babies being born in bad places with no help for them. Forced things make people go underground.


tinyfaery's avatar

Government has no place legislating what we can and cannot do with our bodies.

LunaFemme's avatar

On one hand I can see the possible benefits of some type of mandatory “temporary” sterilization, ie when a woman is on welfare; multiple crack babies, individuals that have already had a child removed by social services, etc. . But, I think the potential for abuse & other unintended consequences far outweighs any societal (sp) benefits that might be derived from such a program.

tinyfaery's avatar

How about we help those in need, instead of punishing them for their mistakes?

jrpowell's avatar

Babies don’t matter after they crawl out of the birth canal.

marinelife's avatar

Here is my vote on how to fix this. We suggest that only men undergo forced sterilization. It will never come up in any legislature again.

jrpowell's avatar

It is sad. But true.

tinyfaery's avatar

Great answer Marina!!

tinyfaery's avatar

@jp Great answer.

chaosrob's avatar

Ahm agin’ it.

chatnoir's avatar

It’s a slippery slope. And, who decides? Probably not a good idea. Usually this solution arises when the actual problem is systemic and much more difficult to address. It’s a short-sighted band-aid solution to an entrenched social, moral, spiritual and ethical dilemma.

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