Archive for April 20th, 2009

$5000 to Prevent Unwanted Pregnancy

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Letter to the Editor published May, 2006 by the Democrat&Chronicle

Although I applaud Judge Marilyn O’Connor’s “no more
kids until you can take care of them” ruling (May 8 story),
I’m wary of the government making those decisions for
anyone. I believe I have a better idea.

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

Over 20 years ago, I was told I was one of the first men
in Monroe County to have had 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.