Bad Parents and Sterilization

I realize I’m treading on quite a controversial topic but since I have some thoughts on this I thought I’d go for it.

I found this post regarding an article from regarding a Councilman suggesting that bad parents start being sterilized so they can’t continue to reproduce. I must admit, this concept has occurred to me whenever I hear a story about a really bad parent and the children that end up suffering.

The first story I remember hearing was of a child who was found to have his arm put in boiling water as a punishment. It was soon found out that all the kids in the house were malnutrition and hadn’t been bathed in a while. I believe most of the kids if not all were from different fathers.
I remember thinking when I heard that, that this woman needs to not be allowed to have any more children. It’s not fair to the children that didn’t ask to be born into such a situation but yet they all suffer.

I’ve also considered the idea that it would be nice if before anyone could have children they had to be psychologically examined and go through a parenting course. That way not everyone could just pop out all these children without even considering the consequences.

I saw the E! True Hollywood Story about Andrea Yates who drowned all 5 of her children because she worried about Satan getting to them. They were a very religious family and wanted to have as many children as “God would give them” but ignored the fact that after 4 of those children she had to be institutionalized. What was the husband thinking? She was obviously far too unstable to have more children but of course it was “God’s will” right?

But alas I realize that to control people from being able to have children goes against everything the United States stands for and would end up a communist country. Obviously I don’t want that to happen but it’s sickening watching so many people not taking parenting seriously and so many children end up suffering.

  1. Maureen

    October 12, 2006 at 10:21 am

    It would be impossible to control – who would decide & how? And, sometimes you can’t even tell beforehand what kind of parent you’d be. Some perfectly capable people get that child & lose it. Some people get better at parenting as they go along.

    There are situations that seem so obvious, though – people who should not be having children (or, if they are having them, should not be allowed to keep them). Maybe we just need to work on beefing up the measures in place to keep children safe when they’re here – Child & family services – parenting hotlines, etc.

  2. Robin

    October 12, 2006 at 10:24 am

    Maureen – That’s a good point and that is probably the only real hope.

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