Pros and Cons



The population of China is 1.2 billion and continuing to rise.

The population of the world is about 6.2 billion.  The population in China is becoming far too high to be supported and needs to be regulated.  Sterilization is one way to do this.

Merely promoting contraception is not a sure way to curb population growth.

Contraception can be misused, or simply not used at all. The contraception could be defective, or even harmful to the person using it if not used properly.

It could also be an effective way to prevent the spreading of STDs such as AIDS.

If a person having AIDS or another life threatening STD wanted to have sexual intercourse, but did not want to have the consequences of having a child with the STD or a child that may only live for a short while, sterilization could do this. Sterilization of people with AIDS or other STDs is only one way of stopping the spreading of the disease to the offspring, but not to the general public.

In the case of a couple that are both mentally handicapped

It may be better to sterilize one parent rather than have a child born that the parents could not possibly care for. But what about the other parent? Who decides which parent should be sterilized?

A punishment such as sterilization could prove an effective deterrent to criminals.

Also, for serial rapists that cannot be rehabilitated, it is a better alternative than releasing them back into the public.
It may not be the best way or even the only way, but it would prevent unwanted pregnancy's from rape victims.

Eliminates “insult” to “normal” people.

The people who were sterilized were often referred to as an insult to the greater number of normal people. Many of these normal people did not want the minorities to be around them.

Seeks out the “best” genes and kills off the “worst” genes.

It was thought that by sterilizing the lower individuals and minorities, that the worst genes could be eliminated and therefore only the best genes would reproduce.

Believed at the time to eliminate genetic blindness, heredity deafness, manic depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy, feeblemindedness, Huntington’s chorea (a brain disorder) and alcoholism.

It was believed that by sterilizing individuals with these such diseases, that they could be eliminated.

Stopped “contamination” of gene pool.

By eliminating people considered to be undesirable, it was the hopes that the gene pool would be purified and “better babies” could be produced.


Believed that the sterile people could provide a temporary work force.

One of Hitler's ideas on how to empower himself further, was to sterilize all those appeased to him and use them as a temporary work force.

Believed poverty and crime would be reduced.

At the time, it was believed that poverty and crime were genetic traits. Therefore, if the criminals and the poor were sterile, they could not produce more poor to feed and more criminals.

Lowered population.

The only scientific fact. If people were sterilized, they could not reproduce. If one could not reproduce, the population would lower, making room for others.

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It could be argued that everyone has the right to have a child.

It is in the universal declaration of human rights that everyone has the right to marry and have children. What gives any one person the right to go against the declaration of human rights? That declaration was put together to watch over the rights of human beings that may not be able to watch over their rights themselves.

Most of the time sterilization isn't really necessary.

Just because someone is "inferior", does that make them unable to produce wonderful children that could very easily achieve something great for all mankind? Or even if they don't, what difference does that make?

Nobody has the right to ‘Play God’.

God is the only one who governs over life and death, over human beings. God made mankind able to produce children. God did this for a reason. Who are we to change the way God make us?

In many cases, sterilization is done in a very brutal way to people and done in such a way that people have to comply.

How is it fair to take away everything a person owns in order to have them comply to be sterilized to regain their possessions? In some cases this was not even the case. In some cases, the patient was going to the hospital for a small day surgery, and came out unable to bear children. What kind of shock would that be to you?

Mandatory sterilization can also go to extents such as mandatory abortion.

(which is a whole other can-o-worms)

Mandatory sterilization has gone to extents such as doing so to exterminate or destroy another race or ethnic group.

(such as Negro or aboriginal people) If all these ethnic groups were eliminated, what kind of society would we have? How many things we use in every day life would not have been invented. How many cures for diseases would never have come along?

In many of the countries that this is being done, their children are the only joy in life.

They are also the only people that will take care of them when they are old. In places where there is little to do or where depression is an every day feeling, children can be a primary source of joy. Also, when a parent becomes old, there is little government support for the elderly. This leaves only their children to take care of them.

The “one child policy” of China causes deaths of more babies due to the fact that many Chinese people want a boy.

It has happened in many cases that babies (usually baby girls) have been simply thrown in dumpsters because the parents don't want them. How is that a healthy society?

In many cases, it is not the act of sterilization that is the problem,

 It is the methods used to enforce it such as destroying their property, or coercing them into doing it through loved ones or authority figures.

It is a person's basic human right to be able to have children. Forced sterilization took away this right for so many.

Classified people as being inferior, feebleminded, and contaminated.

Classifying people in such a way is unfair to all those involved.

Death was often the result of these operations.

Many of the operations were not done by a doctor. Many were done by a soldier who had little or no experience or knowledge of that they were doing

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 16

1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family . They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its

2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17

1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.

2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.