Archive for April, 2010

Pregnancy and Medicines

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this article and I had bookmarked it to write on it. And I’m doing it now. It’s a fascinating idea. Read on.

They call 888-30-CRACK to reach the organization and provide evidence of their drug use such as arrest records or letters from social workers. Drug addicts can earn up to $300. (Barbara) Harris runs her organization on donations and is not afraid to advertise in a very bold way. She drives around in a motor home with a large image of a dead baby, a razor blade, line of cocaine, pacifier, and the saying “Some things just don’t belong together.

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It’s a fascinating idea really, giving monetary compensation to someone, who uses drugs, so they won’t get pregnant. Does this mean if someone takes the cash and gets knocked up, they have to pay the money back? I wonder what sparked this 57-year-old woman to decide this was the way to cull the drug addict baby boom.

Harris started Project Prevention 1997. Here’s some stats:

  • Worked with 3,371 addicts in the U.S.
  • Of those, 1,253 have opted for tubal ligations or vasectomies.
  • Permanent procedures received $300.
  • Those opting for IUDs or surgical implants receive $100 when the device is inserted and $100 more six months and a year later if the device is still in use. Yahoo News

I checked out the web site, and it seemed to be targeted more toward men then women.  I’m unsure of as to why. I understand that ultimately, the mother intake of substances has a lot of influence, but what about genetics: kids from parent(s) who are addicts are eight times more likely to become an addicts. And cost efficiency of it all.  According to Planned Parenthood, a vasectomy runs from $300 to $1000, tubal sterilization (for women) runs from $1,500 and $6,000. In other words, it’s cheaper to neuter a man than to spade a woman.

Is this just more socially acceptable type of social engineering? Is it an unfair or unnecessary cause that Project Prevention is taking up? Is there another way to try to get this accomplished? What do you guys think about this?


Sexual Assault Ribbon

There are so many diseases, social causes, immoral practices that have a month. Even black folks and Hispanics got one (Ours is shorter, and yours is goes through two months. Bah!) April is sexual assault awareness month.

I feel that sexual assault shouldn’t be something that you’re just aware of for a month. It can happen to anyone: straight, gay, male, female, all colors of the rainbow. It doesn’t matter. It saddens me that this issue can be seen as a unifying one, unilaterally going across all borders. And I’m not sure there are many who would be proponent for sexual assault.

I makes me sad because I would like to see a world where this wasn’t an issue anymore. Where it was known that a person’s body deserves respect, and to take someone by force ravages the very soul of the person. Wilts them. Damages the mind, the heart. Makes life a strange place, darker, less than safe. Just less. The survivor (and this is about survival.) has to learn this new world. Adapt. And learns to overcome.

So, I hope this month you took a moment to think about the implications that

  • 1 rape occurs every 2 minutes.
  • There were 248,300 sexual assaults in 2007.
  • One in Four college women report surviving rape (15 percent) or attempted rape (12 percent) since their fourteenth birthday.
  • A survey of high school students found that one in five had experienced forced sex (rape). Half of these girls told no one about the incident. [One in Four In US] [RAINN]

And why this is happening, and still happens? And who do you know that has been assaulted that might not have told anyone? And why is there still this stigma against the survivor? What would have to change in our society to makes these things not exist, to make blogs like this unnecessary?

Next month, there is the Rock Against Rape Benefit Concert, where the funds raised will be donated to the local sexual assault orgs in the Morgantown area. I like the idea that it’s not in April, to remind people this isn’t something that just happens in one month.