Pol Suggests Paying Poor Women to Tie Tubes

"It seems coercive and I'm wondering if a young woman who undergoes this almost irreversible operation is in a position later on to be a capable parent," Dolgan said. "If you have no dollars, a thousand dollars is pretty compelling. And it smacks of eugenics."

A History of Tubal Ligation

LaBruzzo claimed that India and North Korea have conducted such sterilization programs in the past. Tubal ligation has long been a favored family planning method in India, according to the World Health Organization. Forced sterilization has been documented in China and North Korea by Human Rights Watch and other groups.

Earlier this century in the United States, more than 30 states implemented forced sterilization programs, and it is estimated that nearly 70,000 Americans were sterilized through such government plans. Oregon discontinued the last of their sterilization programs in 1981.

But there don't seem to be any programs similar to LaBruzzo's idea, according to Emily Jackson, a professor of law at the London School of Economics and the author of "Regulating Reproduction."

"I've never heard of such a program. One of the countries that has the most Draconian policies is China, but that's with the stick rather than the carrot," she said. "Regardless of whether it works, it's such a massive interference with people's right to make decisions about their own bodies."

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