(Original post by lightburns)
Everyone should be free to do what they want with their own body - that is why I am pro drug legalisation, and pro right-to-die (by not sectioning people who make a rational decision to commit suicide, and allowing euthanasia).
However, I don't believe that people should have the right to impose on other people's bodies. Everyone should make their own choice for their own body. That is why alcohol is, in my opinion, worse than some incredibly harmful drugs. Because it often makes people harm others
which is infinitely more harmful than it hurting themselves.
Where does this leave me for forced sterilisation?
You are bringing another body into the equation; the child. This is not a topic of rights to one's own body, this is about how an individual is allowed to affect another.
This is a true situation (four of the kids have been adopted by a family friend): a woman who is a bit 'off' mentally has lots of babies by lots of partners. She is incapable of taking care of them herself, and they are taken off her. She pops out more and more, and they seem to have inherited some issues (the family friend is worried about the younger two kids, as the older two have gone off the rails, for example, one of them beat up a lady in her 70s to steal her handbag).
I think that this woman should be forcibly sterilised; she does not
have a right to produce children who may not get adopted and quite possibly will have issues, which is not the best circumstance to be creating people.
Another example that is true, but I have no personal knowledge of, is a woman deemed unfit to look after children, so has decided to keep popping them out until she is allowed to keep one. The unnecessary cost to the country is immense, but the larger issue here is that not all the kids have been adopted, and many of them have severe physical disorders.
Ah well, when they crack immortality, everyone's going to have to be sterilised to be able to allow that future anyway