Bloody Jadis. I turn my back for a few hours and she does a post on sterilisiation of child abusers after listening to Michael Laws on Radio Live. David Garrett comments, and suddenly it is in the newspapers, on Morning Report and all over the blogosphere.
I suppose time to add my own 2c to the debate:
- Absolutely against any compulsory sterilisation. Apart from the fact no surgeon will operate on a non consenting patient, the state should not have the power to remove someone’s fertility.
- Not supportive of the proposal to pay child abusers to get sterilised, as it will only target poor child abusers, and may be thin end of wedge.
- However am open to having a debate on whether one could have it as an early release incentive for people who have been convicted of child abuse and actually gone to prison.
One of the reasons we send people to prison is to protect the community. If someone is sentenced to three years jail for child abuse, then is the community better protected by having them come out at 2.5 years and unable to have more children, or at three years and likely to have more children, whom will grow up abused, and in turn probably becomes abusers themselves.
By not having a monetary incentive, it removes the potential problems of being more attractive to poor child abusers.
Also by limiting it to people in prison, and convicted of child abuse, it means you target the worse of the worse.
I’m sure there are strong arguments against such a policy also, and I am not saying I support it without question. But unless one just wants to wring your hands about the child abuse problem, it may be a more palatable option than monetary incentives which I would not support.Tags: child abuse, David Garrett, jadis, sterilisation