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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009


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.