Monday, April 19, 2010

When Charity and Realism Coexist

For the life of me I can't figure out why paying drug addicts to voluntarily tie their tubes or get a vasectomy is a controversial thing...

There is such a charity you ask? Yes, PROJECT PREVENTION. An organization that realizes an addict will "cradle her pipe before she cradles her own child." The founder of this charity is the adoptive mom of four children that were born addicted and knows their trials and tribulations first hand.

The sad reality that is happening each and every day:

"He was born weighing one pound, eight ounces, spending four months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He had a broviac tube in his heart and an ileostomy for three years.
His mother gave birth to a total of five addicted babies. His four siblings are all on Ritalin for ADHD. All five children will be supported with tax dollars until the age of 18.
He is now nine years old and still developmentally delayed."

Here are Project Prevention's latest statistics:

  • 3,359 - Total number of paid clients.

  • 14,718 - Total number of pregnancies. (Not including miscarriages)

  • 10,291 - Total number of births (some resulted in multiple births).

  • 4,396 - Total number of abortions

  • 691 - Stillborn births. Also, another 384 had very brief lives, dying soon after birth from complications.

  • 5,857- Total number of these children remaining in foster care to date.

  • 1,059 have chosen Depo-Provera, 1,251 Tubal Ligation, 858 IUD, 106 Implanon, 38 Norplant, and 47 Vasectomies.

  • 1,673 clients have been Caucasian, 899 African-American, 433 Hispanic, and 354 of other ethnic backgrounds.
  • (source)

    Anyone that questions this cause should volunteer to hold addicted babies in the hospital. My parents fostered an addicted baby when I was a teenager and it was rough. She cried constantly. She was never happy or content regardless of what you tried. She howled and contorted. I will always remember her and her tormented welcome into this world...

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