Maui County Looking at Program Geared at Paying Drug and Alcohol Addicts $300.00 To Be Sterilized for Long Term Birth Control???

North Carolina-based Project Prevention, which offers a cash incentive of $300 to drug addicts and/or alcoholics to receive long-term or permanent birth control, will visit Hawaii for the first time on Friday, December 19, 2008. The group will hold a press conference at 10:30AM. To date, the program has paid more than 2,500 participants responsible for over 10,000 pregnancies prior to entering the program to obtain long-term or permanent birth control…

Project Prevention was established in 1998 to address the nearly 300,000 children born each year substance exposed. Now in its tenth year, the program has at a minimum prevented more than 2,100 children from being born substance exposed. The cost of caring for those 2,100 potential lives would have exceeded $1 billion when taking into account the costs associated with caring for such children. These costs include healthcare (between $243 and $906 million annually), special education ($8.4 billion$6 billion annually)… annually), and foster care…

When:     Friday, December 19, in Maui.
          10:30 AM
Where:    Westin Maui Resort
          2365 Kaanapali Parkway
          Maui, HI 96761

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One Response

  1. This sounds like a wise program, that would be good for Hawaii to adopt. It could prevent more children in our schools with learning disabilities and fewer children in our foster system, then it would be an asset for our state.

    It could prevent unwanted pregnancies and the need for abortions, or unhealthy babies born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; and/or with major brain and body defects from drug exposure. In addition it would prevent the emotional trauma to the mothers of having even more children taken out of their custody for their safety.

    Since the women would have a choice of long term birth control, such as IUD’s, they would still have the choice of having more children if they successfully went through drug treatment. Or they could choose Tubal Ligations if they chose to not have any more children.

    I encourage the people reading this blog to support this program.
    This coming from someone who has done counseling with Big Island Substance Abuse Council and Child Protective Services clients.

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