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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Project Prevention Founder Offers Drug Users Money to be Sterilized

From oregonlive.com: Barbara Harris drove her RV gingerly through Portland, Oregon and staked her territory beneath the Burnside Bridge, one of the first stops on her cross-country mission as head of Project Prevention, a foundation that offers $300 to drug users willing to be sterilized or use long-term birth control.

Harris founded her program in 1998. Originally called C.R.A.C.K. -- Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity -- it immediately attracted attention and criticism. Supporters call Harris a hero. Detractors label her tactics as modern-day eugenics.

Harris dismisses it all. "I don't care what anyone says. It's just not OK to take drugs and have a baby," she said. "If I got drunk and drove my car and killed someone, I'd get put in jail, and nobody would argue. Well, drug addicts who have babies have victims, too. They're called children."

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