I’ve been having this discussion for years now with some close friends who believe that persons of child bearing age, who receive public assistance (food stamps, welfare, HUD, social security etc) should be forced not to have kids.
And after learning in recent days that Nadya Suleman, the octuplets’ mother, has been receiving public assistance for years now the anger seems to be boiling over. I understand the anger many people have towards those who abuse our welfare system however the minute government starts to control the reproductive rights of its citizens it can no longer claim to be a democracy. And what about women’s rights? How can you ask a woman to chose between eating today and baby tomorrow?
What do you think?
Do you think people on welfare should be forced to take birth control?
And what about menlike Desmond Hatchett that have kids they cannot possibly afford to take care of?
Should these men and women receive government mandated and administered birth control?