Shelley Bridgeman’s article in a newspaper yesterday was a breath of fresh air.
Finally someone is prepared to say what many have been thinking…that stupid people should be encouraged to stop breeding.
Yesterday’s headline caught my attention: “Free contraception suggested for pre-teens“. It was reported that “[s]enior academics at the University of Otago have called for a free contraceptive programme to be made available to teens before they become sexually active”. Part of the rationale for this is that teen pregnancies place significant costs on individuals and societies.
It’s an interesting idea and one that could get some people thinking about what other pregnancies might place significant costs on individuals and societies. This very question was addressed three years ago when it was revealed that: “[w]omen on benefits – including teenagers and the daughters of beneficiaries – will be offered free long-term contraception.”
This announcement was not well received: critics said “the measure borders on state control of women’s reproductive choices”. The Greens co-leader Metiria Turei reportedly said that “providing free contraception is not the role of the state”.
I’d go further and perhaps compel some people to stop breeding. Read more »