In a rather bold move for a very controversial organization, Operation Prevention has gone on the road in Florida in June of 2012. Targeting addicts in Jacksonville, Tampa, Fort Myers and Boca Raton they pay addicts $300 who voluntarily "prove addiction" to use either permanent or long term sterilization methods.
South Florida Druggies, This Lady Will Pay You $300 to Get Sterilized
By Rich Abdill Thu., Jun. 14 2012 at 10:41 AM
Are you addicted to drugs? Will you be anywhere near Boca Raton tomorrow? Do you want $300? If so, say no more, drug person, because Barbara Harris has an answer.
Harris runs Project Prevention, a nonprofit that's gone all over the country giving drug addicts $300 each -- to get sterilized. She says she adopted four children who were born exposed to drugs and wants to stop the problem now -- if you can prove you're addicted to drugs, she'll cut you a check to get your tubes tied.
She's been accused of all kinds of things -- including Nazi-style eugenics -- but she says it's not about who the drug addicts are or what they do with the money once they get it. It's about saving children from being exposed to drugs before birth.
"They're going to get drug money either way," Harris said. "That's their choice. You know, if they think that sounds heartless, fine. But my heart is with the innocent victims, the babies."
The group's RV has hit up several Florida locations already -- Tampa and Jacksonville were earlier this week, and they're in Fort Myers today. Tomorrow, they'll be in Boca Raton, but Harris said they are still looking for a suitable spot to set up. Harris said, though, that the RV is more like a "traveling billboard" -- anyone interested can call 1-888-30-CRACK to get started.
"[The response has] been great," she said. "We've had so many people call us from all over Florida."
If you're wondering how the whole thing works, it's pretty simple: They give you paperwork, you take it to the doctor who does your procedure, then mail it back. Once they confirm you really can't have babies anymore, they give you the money. And don't be trying to game them if you aren't really on drugs: You need some kind of proof, like arrest records. Harris said she frequently receives paperwork from Child Protective Services indicating children have been taken away.
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About Project Prevention -
Project Prevention offers cash incentives to women and men addicted to drugs and/or alcohol to use long term or permanent birth control. Project Prevention is a National, 501 (C) 3 organization using your donations to stop a problem before it happens. We have paid addicts in 50 States and the District of Columbia.
Read More: http://projectprevention.org/
The Stats on Total paid addicts/alcoholics- 4,097 for May 2012 - Estimated total payout $1,229,100
The following are the statistics as of May 2012:
The following numbers were obtained through our Client Survey Form which all participants fill out. These numbers are prior to obtaining long-term birth control through our program:
Total paid addicts/alcoholics- 4,097
Type of birth control chosen
Tubal ligation- 1,435
Depo Provera- 1,059