$5000 to Prevent Unwanted Pregnancy

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.


7 Responses to “$5000 to Prevent Unwanted Pregnancy”

  1. Bill says:

    I agree with you 100%; however, there is a political problem. In short order, the government would stand accused of racism, sexism, pauperism, genocide, and other assorted crimes against humanity. India tried it and had great success but had to back off due to political heat.

  2. Steve says:

    Hey FP, I figured I’d visit your blog as I am pretty much done with the D&C forum (too many right wingers like arpet, mabraham and acorn for my tastes)…
    anyway, I like your blog…
    as far as this, I plan on getting a vasectomy, (and I don’t have kids now) but 5 grand would definitely give me more incentive to make the actual appointment.: – )

  3. paolo. says:

    SIN- Is that you? If not, welcome anyway! Agree or disagree – hope you comment on future blogs. Keeps me thinking.

  4. Steve says:

    Shhh: – )

    And I usually agre with you, and you definitely keep me thinking on my toes.
    yeah, I just got bored with consantly fighting with the wingnuts like mabraham, arpet, Acorn, Irish, oreilly.
    It was going nowhere and just got old.
    Fight the Good Fight, Brother!

  5. paolo. says:

    Definitely lots of nuts in that bag. Did you catch the comment today, “why do liberals always categorize people?”? Too, too funny!

  6. amy stahl says:

    you finally wrote this idea of yours out on paper.
    now I can show everyone :]

  7. amy stahl says:

    s a woman and past caretaker of many;
    I like how this raises people to think over whether we are best controlling for THE BEST bred ones that we as a force really want to be making the people of our future. I mean; isnt this how begin thinking about how to advance as a human race?

    Im not even saying the wrong people are having kids.
    Maybe the right people just Arent bothering anymore as the only ones overthinking it.

    Hey, I dont know if anyone cares;
    and Im not from this planet anyways…

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