Would you take $315 to be sterilized? Well, if you’re a drug addict and you live in the United Kingdom, you can. Project Prevention, a North Carolina–based charity, is offering £200 ($315) to any man who agrees to be sterilized.
Project Prevention founder Barbara Harris admitted her methods amounted to “bribery,” but said it was the only way to stop babies being physically and mentally damaged by drugs during pregnancy.
Apparently, Harris has already paid over 3,500 addicts in the United States for what she calls “long-term birth control.” She set up the organization after adopting the child of a crack addict.
Um, isn’t this eugenics? The idea smacks of self-righteousness, like all drug addicts are some kind of lost cause. At the same time, it’s encouraging drug addicts to continue being drug addicts. Their recovery is a nonissue when they can be tossed cash and forgotten about.
Project Prevention is merely sweeping a monumental problem under a fancy rug.