Norplant and Irresponsible Reproduction
Robertson, John A.
Hastings Center Report. 1995 Jan-Feb; 25(1): S23-S26.
...Procreation is a basic right, but it is not an absolute right. Its protected status does not relieve individuals of the moral obligation to reproduce responsibly. When they do not, public pressure arises to use reversible technologies such as Norplant to limit their reproduction. Unless voluntarily chosen, however, the use of Norplant or other contraceptives can rarely be justified as a solution to problems of allegedly irresponsible reproduction. Neither protection of future offspring nor conservation of public funds is a compelling enough reason to justify intrusions on such basic rights. In addition, there is the danger of discrimination or antipathy toward targeted groups. This conclusion should not prevent the state from informing women of the Norplant option, subsidizing its provision, or even offering financial incentives to use it. If these alternatives are pursued, the need for compulsory contraception through Norplant further weakens. Forcible limitations on reproduction need a much stronger justification than most cases present.
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