Thursday, 17 July 2008

Judge Orders Couple Not to Have Children

"If the government can prevent women from exercising the choice not to have children (by banning contraception and abortion), what's to stop the government from preventing women from exercising the choice to have children? Even under current circumstances, the latter sometimes happens.

CNN reports on a case in New Hampshire where a judge has ordered a couple not to have any more children:

Monroe County Family Court Judge Marilyn O'Connor ruled March 31 that both parents "should not have yet another child which must be cared for at public expense. The facts of this case and the reality of parenthood cry out for family planning education," she ruled. "This court believes the constitutional right to have children is overcome when society must bear the financial and everyday burden of care."
They aren't being forced to use contraception or abortion, but they can get sterilized free of charge and if she gets pregnant, they'll be imprisoned for contempt of court. Granted, the story makes it sound as though this couple shouldn't have more chidren - but does the government have the authority to force people not to have children? Somehow, I doubt it."

I don't have any issue with this. People having kids and then taking my taxes and driving up my cost of living to have kids is insane! Why am I penalised for another person's irresponsibility? Why do I pay for someone not thinking about the ramifications of having kids? I made a conscious decision that I want to have sex, but I don't want to have kids.

Women out there are having sex without contraception because it was against their religion. Then they cannot abort unwanted pregnancies because of their religion. But they are not married and having sex and babies... did I miss the part that justifies this? Absolutely don't allow people who are no position to have kids have them!

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