Forced Sterilization

Stories like this make me angry:

When it comes to children, one Dallas mother knows about having them in pairs.

The odds are one in 500,000 but she’s giving birth today to her third set of twins at Baylor University Medical Center.

But with the joy comes great challenges.

Inside the wood frame house, life resembles the nursery rhyme of the old woman who lived in a shoe.

But here, young mom Amanda Gonzales cares for four-year-old Natalie, three-year-old twins Adam and Sebastian and two-year-old twins Rachel and Raquel.

Two more twin girls are scheduled for a c-section birth today.

“I’ve always taken care of kids since I was little, I think that’s where I got it. When I used to babysit a lot of kids, I wanted to have my own, a lot of kids,” she said.

Gonzales enters the rare club of having fraternal twins three times.

She took no fertility drugs.

The father of the latest set of twins hopes he’s ready.

“Just focus, trying to have my mind right. Try to have my mind right, you know,” said Joshua Brown.

But with neither the 21-year-old father nor the 20-year-old mother employed – all the children are supported by welfare – the young family faces financial and emotional obstacles.

It is selfish and irresponsible. WTF is wrong with this girl. If you are on welfare what the hell are you doing having more children. I believe in being socially responsible. I believe that we need to do what we can to help others who are less fortunate.

However there are limits. We have to have guidelines that help those who are receiving aid graduate into a place where they no longer have to be on it. Obviously there are going to be some exceptions as some people will never be able to get off of welfare.

But the sheer idiocy and selfishness here infuriate me. It is completely unfair to the children to place them in a situation like this. And as I mentioned there comes a point where it feels like the public is being taken advantage of. I hate the idea of forced sterilization but when I hear stories like this I wonder.

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  1. Jack's Shack June 4, 2007 at 3:55 am

    It is a terrible situation waiting to happen.

  2. MichelleVan June 3, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    As an ex-foster mom to 10 children, I’ve seen situations like this over and over again. The worst could happen: an emergency happens, the state is called in, all the children are separated and put into foster care. In an attempt to keep the children together the state tries to reunite the family over and over again causing the children to move from foster home to foster home. Ack! I get sick just thinking about it.

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