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Sunday, 9 November 2008

The case for forcing birth control on unfit mothers

Minette Marrin in today's Sunday Times

Discusses a Dutch politician's idea of enforced contraception for "unfit" parents.

Quite a topic. I can't work out what my response is. On the one hand I can see that it is unfair for children to grow up in homes where they will not learn to be a successful, happy, law-abiding person. On the other hand, taking away the ability to have a child seems way outside what the state should be allowed to do.

What I am certain though, is that the state welfare system should not be designed so that it encourages childbirth to people dependant on welfare.

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