Marlowe's Shade

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Forced Abortions and Contraception Proposed in Holland

From LifeSite

Marianne van den Anker, an alderman in the Rotterdam city council in charge of public health and security has proposed forced abortion and forced contraception for teenage mothers whose origin is in the Antilles and on drug addicts and people with mental handicaps. The alderman suggested that such mothers are nearly always guilty of child abuse.

This is a new waypoint on The Netherland's slippery slope precipitated by its euthanasia policy

While several reports have referred to van den Anker and her Leefbaar Rotterdam party as "right wing", the alderman is the furthest thing from the right side of the social conservative spectrum. In addition to being pro-abortion, van den Anker has set up a program in the schools to counter intolerance of homosexuality.

Apparently for Dutch politicians and policy-makers, the practice of playing God is habit-forming:

Van den Anker told the NRC Handelsblad paper that children from these mothers run an "unacceptable risk" experiencing "violence, neglect, mistreatment and sexual abuse." She added, "The exceptions, and there are some, can be counted on a pair of hands."

Her announcement of her plan came during a workshop on child abuse where she pressed her case for forced abortion saying, "What do you think of a 24-year old Antillean mother who visits the doctor, is 19 weeks pregnant, has three existing children , then abuses one of her children in the hospital, before announcing to the doctor that she wishes to proceed with her pregnancy , even though she doesn't know who the father is, has no idea how she's going to raise another child, take care, feed and dress the child, and on top of that is HIV positive?"

The politician noted that street gangs of Antillean youths were terrorizing the city.

Apparently even colleagues in her own party find this proposal "absurd and idiotic", but given the history of Hollands social programs, what kind of moral stand can they take now? This is simple an extension of their other "progressive" policies.
papijoe 9:06 AM