Womb of their own
Women in the Netherlands deemed "unfit mothers" may soon be forced to take contraception, if a draft bill currently before the Dutch parliament is passed. The bill "targets women who have been the subject of judicial intervention due to their bad parenting," says its author, a member of the Netherlands' socialist Labour Party.
Under the proposed legislation, a woman judged unfit who refuses to take contraception and becomes pregnant would have her child taken away at birth. The infant then would be placed in a foster home.
The Pill isn't good for every woman. Where does a state even contemplate making a woman play with her hormones? Or go against her religious beliefs on contraception?
What's next? Forced sterilization?
What about disabled women? There are already judicial battles over whether physically and/or mentally-challenged women have the right to have children.
Is it really the state's role to protect the unborn and does it have the right to control people's bodies in such a way and to deprive them of the basic right to procreate? Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence? Just because a parent was bad with one child, does it mean (s)he will repeat the offence?
More to the point, what about men who ''have been the subject of judicial intervention due to their bad parenting?'' What about rapists? What about abusers of women? Anybody proposing a few snips to stop them from reproducing?
Oh. Right. Nobody is ever trying to control their reproductive freedoms, are they?