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At the risk of godwinning this post before it has even gotten of to a start, I’m not changing the title, because it is a question we need to ask ourselves.
What’s going on, then? Well, there is a serious proposal to force contraception on seriously addicted people, psychiatric patients and mentally handicapped, made by Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven on national radio today. The former chairman of the Dutch Safety Board and member of the Royal House continues by saying:
“Most people will say that this goes way too far. I have to say that I can understand that when you don’t know the reality. There are people who have no control over themselves. When you notice that, you must perhaps proceed to contraception.”
In essence, he is saying that certain people, “who have no control over themselves”, should not be allowed to procreate. I repeat, where have we heard that before?
Where did the concept of caring for people who, for one reason or another, are less able to do the things we take for granted, such as raising children, go? So what if they need help in doing that? Isn’t that our first duty as civilised people?
Of course, it should be a surprise to no one that the right to life of prospective offspring is outright ignored.
Lastly, we can’t ignore this issue as just a hypothetical thought exercise. It is a matter of attaching different values to different people based on what? Their suitability for the rights that we have created for ourselves?