The payment of drug addicts to enforce sterilization
This article should prompt a discussion of a very topical issue.
Last month a US-based charity “Project Prevention” arrived in the UK.
charity aims to prevent babies being born into drug-dependent families by
offering drug addicts a financial incentive of $300 to take up long-term
contraception or to undergo sterilisation.
In my paper published in 2004, I argue that cash incentives
oﬀered to drug
addicts in return for sterilisation are both legally and morally
incentives act coercively, undermines one’s freedom and autonomy and
importantly invalidates real consent. This has important implications for
clinicians involved in such a scheme.
Morgan M. The payment of drug addicts to increase their sterilisation
morally unjustified and not simply ‘A Fine Balance’. J Obstet Gynaecol.
Competing interests: No competing interests