Friday Rewind (on Thursday): Resurrecting the Past

Welcome to my new website on WordPress. My previous site, The Purple Monkey’s Dishwasher, unfortunately experienced a catastrophic failure due to my technical ineptitude. All the posts there were lost, but I have had the great fortune of being a guest blogger on a number of sites. Below is a previous post from the Women’s Bioethics Project.

Concerned over rising public assistance rolls in Louisiana, Republican State-Representative John LaBruzzo this week [September 26, 2008] proposed that the state pay poor women $1,000 to undergo tubal ligation. To further combat what he described as “generational welfare” — his belief that poorly-educated people receiving such government aid as food stamps and subsidized housing have more kids than affluent and well-educated folks — this ardently anti-abortion legislator is also championing tax incentives to encourage college-educated, higher-income people to have more children.

Personal outrage aside, I’m not sure there’s much more that I can add about this Social Darwinist proposal that Kate Harding at Broadsheet and “Ann” at Feministing haven’t already said.


About Sean Philpott-Jones

A public health researcher and ethicist by training, Sean holds advanced degrees in microbiology, medical anthropology, and bioethics. He is currently Chair of the Bioethics Department at Clarkson University's Capital Region Campus and Director of the Bioethics Program of Clarkson University-Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Director of two Fogarty-funded programs to provide research ethics education in Eastern Europe and in the Caribbean Basin. Until his term expired in August 2012, he served as Chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board, an advisory panel that reviews the scientific and ethical aspects of research involving human participants submitted to the EPA for regulatory purposes.
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