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Fertility rights: selling sterilisation

Is is wrong to offer cash to addicts who agree to be sterilised?

By Zack Adesina   November 2010

Barbara Harris with children she adopted from a crack addict

For the past 13 years, Barbara Harris, a warm and vivacious mother of ten, has been a hate figure for many in the US.

Harris runs Project Prevention, a charity that works to reduce the number of babies born with drug or alcohol addictions as a consequence of their parent’s habits. Few could quarrel with that. But many disagree with her charity’s methods.

Put simply, Harris bribes addicts and alcoholics with cash. They get $300 if they agree to long-term contraception—such as the coil—or sterilisation. Critics claim the latter…

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