Thursday, October 5, 2017

American County Offers Reduced Jail Terms For Sterilization

       In Vol 13 No 4, we reported on the call by a British Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences that the mentally and morally “unfit” should be permanently sterilized and prevented from bearing offsprings.  Last edition (Vol 20 qtr 1), we also mentioned Pakistan is offering out-of-court settlement/reduced jail terms to Christian prisoners who would agree to convert to Islam.  These two ideas are being combined somewhere in America (in the White County of Tennessee),where reductions in prison terms are being  offerred  to prisoners who would agree to be sterilized so they don’t give birth to children after their release.
          Attempting to justify the Order, Judge Sam Bennningfield said it would discourage inmates with drug offenses and extensive criminal records from conceiving children that they cannot support. “I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, to not to be burdened with children.”
            This decision has however been widely condemned, and described as only one small step away from the forced vasectomies practiced by the Nazis in the 1930s. According to District Attorney Bryant Dunaway,  offering incentives that limit someone’s ability to have children is unethical and possibly illegal. “It’s comprehensible that an 18-year-old gets this done, it can’t get reversed and then that impacts the rest of their life,” he said.
       As at the time of the report, 38 men are said to be waiting to undergo the vasectomy procedure while 32 women have already received the contraceptive implant in exchange for shortened sentence.  The full report can be found at  

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