John LaBruzzo Wants to Bribe Poor Women to be Sterilized
Louisiana State Rep John LaBruzzo wants to bribe poor women to be sterilized. I’ve written before about my opposition to these types of programs – they tend to be coercive, focus solely on women and ignore potential side effects of long-term methods of birth control, and are often more than a little bit racist. They dangle the short-term funds women may need to survive as an incentive to make a long-term choice, exploiting women’s economic vulnerability.
The details on this case, from ABC News:
“His idea — giving $1,000 to poor women to undergo reproductive sterilization by Fallopian tube ligation — is stirring up controversy among some medical professionals, who say that the proposal is offensive and smacks of long-discredited eugenics programs. LaBruzzo has also suggested other controversial ideas: paying poor men to get vasectomies and giving tax incentives for college-educated wealthy couples to have more children.”
When LaBruzzo talks about paying people he presumably finds desirable to have more children, he’s giving away that he’s not just interested in “helping” women in poverty in making decisions about their fertility or improve their lives – he’s actively seeking to prevent those he finds undesirable from breeding. Such a plan does nothing to address problems that contribute to poverty, and does nothing to help women control their reproduction in a way that is woman-controlled – it also makes the arrogant assumption that the only thing contributing to poverty is that “these people” (as he referred to poor people on welfare) just aren’t smart enough to control their family sizes.