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Friday, November 7, 2008

Dutch End Unfit Mothers' Rights

A bill before Dutch Parliament would force mothers deemed "unfit" to take contraception. If they refuse and become impregnated, their child will be seized and turned-over to foster care.

While the bill is lauded for its applications to child abusers, some are worried about the ramifications it would have on disabled mothers and their right to bear children. But according to teh draft, no woman would be put on contraception prior to the birth of her first child.

Other opponents claim the bill would damage women's rights in the Netherlands, as there is no similar legislation for unfit fathers.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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