Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Shameful secret remembered

This ABC News report reminds us of what happens when the people in power think they know who should or shouldn't be allowed to have children.
From the early 1900s to the 1970s, some 65,000 men and women were sterilized in this country, many without their knowledge, as part of a government eugenics program to keep so-called undesirables from reproducing.

One woman had been raped and became pregnant at the age of 13. Social workers declared that she was promiscuous and too feeble-minded to be a responsible parent. So, after giving birth in 1968, Riddick was sterilized without being told. She found out only after her marriage, when she and her husband tried to start a family.


At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, the woman and her husband were already a family. They didn't need to start one. They wanted to have children, not start a family- that happened when they were married.

But, that's neither here nor there. No one should have her right to try to have children taken away from her (or him, for that matter).

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Nemohee said...

ARRRRGH! This is what the pro-choice movement is about. NO ONE has the right to tell someone that they can or cannot or must do this or that with their bodies. This includes when someone WANTS to have a child. People cannot tell her "NO...the almighty government says you must not, because you are not worthy!" Who are we to decide who is "undesirable?" Yeah, a thirteen year old may not make a responisble parent (what teenager would?), but who's to say that when she hit 25 that she wouldn't be the most wonderful mother?

Grrrr...I remember reading this when it first came out. P*$$ed me off royally.

At 10:11 PM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

naaman, you ought to read "Reproductive Rights and Wrongs." EXCELLENT book, written by a truly prochoice woman.

At 10:13 PM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

nemohee, you ought to read "Reproductive Rights and Wrongs." Excellent book by a truly prochoice author.


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