QOTD: Regarding Sterilization

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In 1997, Barbara Harris started an organization called CRACK (Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity, sic) in Anaheim, California, which gave women money to have sterilizations. Harris’s mission is to “save our welfare system and the world from the exorbitant cost to the taxpayer for each drug-addicted birth by offering effective preventative measures to reduce the tragedy of numerous drug-affected pregnancies.” Some of CRACK’s initial billboards read, “Don’t let a pregnancy ruin your drug habit.”

Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith, from the chapter “Better Dead Than Pregnant” p. 86

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  1. Ugh. There were recently the stories about California prisons sterilizing female inmates without their knowledge. The similar “lets make sure we have less welfare babies” reasoning was used. Ugh.

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    1. ST says:

      It’s scary how its framed as birth control. On it’s own offering it among other options isn’t bad, especially if they are offering that and other options for free or low cost, but when it’s the only option offered and there isn’t enough information to have informed consent… yech.

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