I am personally, not wanting ONE MORE OUNCE of government digging into my life, and do not want somebody telling me how many babies I can or cannot have.
But, there are some people sadly, in every culture and country, who simply either are not able to properly provide for their kids, yet keep having many children, and others who are unfit to ever become a parent (ie…Charlie Sheen, the crrazy, evil lady from MS who put her 3 yr old in the oven last week).
What I believe is needed are a few things: 1) Sex ed folks. Simple and plain. For many who live in extremely empoverished situations, who are already parents, they might need some help in family planning and how to prevent unwanted pregnancies. I know I didn’t have my little boy, until I could make sure we could simply afford a baby. Nothing extravagant, just the basics. You need a place to live, food, a bed, clothes, and love. 2) And for the drug addicted/insane individuals, maybe some shoring up of the already in existence government agencies to help IDENTIFY those parents who are simply unfit. There have to be ways to identify better these individuals. My other bff used to work with DFACS and it broke her heart. They didn’t follow up like she wanted them to do on certain cases, and some of the social workers there in her opinion, were simply not motivated to go above and beyond on their jobs. My bff burned out and quit that job within 5 years b/c she felt she was not given enough support to do her job well so she could rescue kids in distress.
My bff was convinced if there was a “parent watch” like the neighborhood watch programs all over, that if others would simply call and know WHERE TO CALL if they saw a kid in crisis, that they could be helped better. That was her idea and I love it.
I personally don’t need somebody to tell me how many kids I can have. Or that I am too old. Hell I am 41 years old, extremely stable, make a great living and so does my hubby, am an amazing mom and if we damn well want to have another baby, and I can physically, or if we wish to adopt, it is OUR RIGHT. Nobody elses.
I say shore up the already in place agencies, adopt maybe NEW ideas in helping existing problems, and minimize government intrusion. I do not want to live in a “nanny state” where the government tells me what to do and when to do it, how much money or sucess I am allowed to have, and dictate every part of my life to me.