To its critics, Project Prevention or Crack - an American organisation which pays drug addicts and alcoholics to be sterilised - is a terrifying throwback to the neutering of 'defectives' during the 20th Century. But the woman who runs this not-for-profit programme believes she is offering a service to everyone: the drug addict, the taxpayer, the child who has not yet been born, and if she has her way - will never be born...

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Should this organization pay drug addicts and alcoholics to allow themselves to be sterilized?
To its critics, Project Prevention or Crack - an American organisation which pays drug addicts and alcoholics to be sterilised - is a terrifying throwback to the neutering of `defectives` during the 20th Century. But the woman who runs this not-for-profit programme believes she is offering a service to everyone: the drug addict, the taxpayer, the child who has not yet been born, and if she has her way - will never be born...

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16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/17/03 - 12:09:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's awful!!
16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/17/03 - 12:16:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's wonderful!!
16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/17/03 - 12:17:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Eugenics is a controversial issue. I don't see anything wrong with this as long as they weren't FORCING people to do it.
16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/18/03 - 8:14:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Privately funded, voluntary eugenics is ethically debateable, but should be 100% legal. I have a question related to eugenics out there somewhere...
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/2/03 - 8:16:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
I guess it's okay since no one is being forced...Of course, the addicts are just gonna use the money for more drugs...They should also pay people with STDs to do that...
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/2/03 - 8:22:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
I guess the main question here is whether the addicts realise the consequences of what they're doing. Are they clean when they sign the consent form or are they under the influence?
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/2/03 - 8:31:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
It doesn't really say if sobriety is a factor in signing up, just that they have to have proof of drug use. Barbara Harris, who runs the program, had this to say,
"It's just nonsense. Nobody is forcing these people to do anything - it's their own decision. What infuriates me is that if my critics don't think these people are capable of making their mind up on an issue like this, why on earth do they think they are capable of bringing up a child?"

Kind of an interesting point.

16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/18/03 - 12:09:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
People change, and so does a persons drug addiction (backed with action, of course). They same can be said about teenagers, who say that they are never going to marry or have kids.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/22/03 - 6:37:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Let them do it. It's great for our gene pool.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 11/22/03 - 6:41:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
It seems like a great idea.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/15/04 - 11:49:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nazi's
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/15/04 - 2:11:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that they should be forced. So should stupid people, people with disabilities, smokers, mental illnesses, and so on. And anyone in the Bush family. Especially the Bushes they are killing the country.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/9/04 - 1:33:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thats very crewl and inhumane. Maybe she should be sterilized her self. Addicts and alcoholics are people too. I don't agree with how they are living but still they don't need to be treated like that. Thats like saying should all blacks be sterilized or all mexicans.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/9/04 - 4:31:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Jarhead, how is it like saying you should sterilize an ethnic group? Such a comment is terribly insulting.

A black man is born being black, and has no influence how his genetics turned out.

A drug addict is addicted because of choices they made and a lifestyle they pursue. That can be changed, and so I AM willing to condemn a man for it.

The idea that it is some kind of punishment is foolish. They choose to do it just as they choose to shoot up. Its like saying that people who undergo visectamies are being punished, even though its their decision.

Besides, no one is being forced and it is entirely on a voluntary basis. I think it is a wonderful idea. I wish more people would sterilize themselves.

It would help with the excess population.

16 yrs ago - Thursday 5/20/04 - 5:07:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think that it would be ok so long as they werent being forced like you all said but i also think that they could change their habits and quit whatever substance they were addicted to. So what do you do when they want to reverse the operation?
16 yrs ago - Thursday 5/20/04 - 5:12:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
That is a 100% great idea.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/8/04 - 12:23:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not sure about paying them. Maybe offering it for free?
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/14/04 - 11:28:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
It sounds like a good idea to me. Let's go all out and adopt the lottery system in Larry Niven's _Ringworld_.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/21/04 - 8:00:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
That is by far the best Non-Profit organization I've ever heard of. If this program was offered nationally, we could save a lot of welfare, orphanage, and medicare tax money. Not to mention the drop in numbers of illegitimate (spelling?) children being born.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/7/04 - 12:23:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
This sounds so very cool. It cleans up our gene pool (If it *is* genetics that makes this happen) and it saves a child and parents from some severely hard times. It's such a good Idea...If you object I have to ask...Would you like to be born to an addict? Do you like addicts? What about addicts is so attractive? Where were you on the night of the 27th? No seriously folks...They should pay the subject to get him/herself sterilized. No one is going to waste their time for free.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/7/04 - 12:56:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
hell if it wasn't for an alcoholic we wouldn't be here today noah was an alcoholic so i don't agree, good things can come from bad people
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/7/04 - 1:08:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
Noah got drunk and pasted out naked. Just because he gets wasted one time doesnt make him an alchiholic.If this happened more than one time htne maybe he would be.

As for the idea its sself I think it is great. If it is vollentary there is no ethical dillema, and I would incourage it to be done.

15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/20/04 - 12:24:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
If people are that desperate to earn a couple bucks, then chances are they aren't contributing much to society anyway.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/5/05 - 12:05:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
This organization is taking a step in the right direction. Preventing the worst among us from becoming a parent can only be a good thing. I would only think it was a good if the person was sober and still willing.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/05 - 11:55:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think this is a fantastic idea and I am all for it.

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