1 Abortion Alternative

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About four years ago in Rochester, New York, a drug-addicted, homeless couple who previously had a number of children now in foster homes, decided they wanted another child.  A local judge said ‘no’ but that decision was overturned by a higher court.

I would not like the government to make those choices for us either.  So I came up with what I consider a better idea – strictly voluntary – and wrote a Letter-to-the-Editor.  Here’s most of it:

“I suggest we pay a one-time $5,000 cash benefit to anyone older than 21 who voluntarily has a free, non reversible tubule legation or vasectomy. The savings in future welfare costs would be staggering. And, one suspects, the couple cited might well be first in line.”

“Over 30 years ago, I was told I was one of the first men in my county to have a vasectomy before ever having children. I have never once regretted that decision.”

“Until this society recognizes that “child-free” is a respectable option for many people, we will be paying for unwanted and unloved children. Kids deserve so much more than that.”

I am a strong Pro-Choice advocate but like most on my side, consider abortion a terrible solution to an unwanted pregnancy.  And, like most rational people, I consider it better to PREVENT a problem, rather than try to solve it.

Still unconvinced this is a good idea?  Just watch one episode of the Maury Povitch show.

5 Responses to “1 Abortion Alternative”

  1. childfreekey says:

    Agreed! It’d be a damn site cheaper for everyone if sterilizations were easier to obtain, even better if you could get a lump sum in exchange for saving the government money. Here in the UK, I get contraception for free. However, my doc refuses to even consider sending me for a tubal. What’s cheaper for the NHS? A one-time operation, or a lifetime (at least until the menopause) of contraception?

  2. Steve says:

    I need to do this, I was going to years ago, but never went through with it. I did a brief stint as “step-dad” and that was cool…but, 1) I’m 45, and 2) there is just no way I would bring a child into this country/world/economy/culture/school system/…
    My hats off to parents, especially single parents…you have the toughest job on the planet, and there is just too much competition…the minute you have a child, it seems they’re years are divided into which target market segment they fall into..and there’s too many advertisers, corporations, music industry types, clothing, soft drink/junk food companies that want to pump their energy drink/HF Corn Syrup, poison laden products and corporate “values” into your kid…then they hit military age. No thanks. I don’t want to have a kid, just to watch him be seduced to the dark side of this thing called the “American Way of Life”…
    And people will say, “Well, if you raise them right”…BS, I’ve seen great parents, attentive parents, and this “disease” still finds it’s way into their kids. And that’s basically the way I see our current “culture”…it’s a disease…it’s like the flu, you can try, but you cannot escape it.
    Try sometime. From the minute we open our eyes, all they want, is to “program” us to Eat and Shop, that is all we do here.
    I’d never let this country get it’s hands on my kid.
    The odds are so against parents. MTV/Advertising/music/Peer pressure…losing battle.

  3. Bill says:

    Steve, I agree with your assessment of the overall consumer culture we have in this country, but I know too many people and their children who have not succumbed to share your pessimism. It is possible to raise children in such a way they do not get sucked in.

    Afterall, your parents managed it.

  4. Joe Bele-Isle says:

    I learned something when I was a school bus driver in California and had a kid that was so screwed up, other kids from other schools would run up on the bus while I was walking the small ones accross the street and pound him for something he had done to their little brother or sister (In Cal you have to get out and walk little kids accross the street-leaving the bus open to attack And this kid used to sneak up and get behind me and pull the emergency break in traffic causing all the little kids to fly forward into the seat in front (No seatbelts on schoolbuses) I ended up grabbing that kid and carrying him to an open seat and putting him in it and then putting my fist in his face and telling himthe next time he did something like that I WOULD smash his GD face in.
    He said, “You can’t hit me! I could sue you!!”
    I told him “YOU can’t sue me until AFTER I smash your little face in. But I will beat the crap out of you first and if I’m gonna get sued and fired I’m gonna make it worth it, AND tell your parents WHY.”
    That logic actually worked.
    “Spare the rod–I don’t think you actually have to beat your kid with a stick, but you have to let him know who is in chrge at your house no matter what the law says and be willing to go to jail for a night to prove it. Just willing, you will probably never have to.

  5. Steve says:

    Bill,
    Well, to be honest, it’s taken me 40 plus years to see the light: – )
    When I was younger, and even when I was married, I did the “keepin’ up with the Jones” thing.
    You are right, thought, I will give you that there are good parent sout there with good kids.
    But overall, to me, there’s just too much competition for a parent these days…but, my hats off to them, toughest job in the world.

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