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La. lawmaker considers sterilization plan

METAIRE, La., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Louisiana state legislator, worried that women on welfare are having more children, is considering offering them cash payments for sterilization.

State Rep. John LaBruzzo told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he is not ready to sponsor legislation yet. But he said that voluntary sterilization might be combined with tax incentives to encourage those with more money and education to have bigger families.

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"What I'm really studying is any and all possibilities that we can reduce the number of people that are going from generational welfare to generational welfare," he said.

LaBruzzo said that his proposal has already led to charges that he is racist and sexist.

"It's easy to say, 'Oh, he's a racist,' " LaBruzzo said. "The hard part is to sit down and think of some solutions."

His plan would include incentives for women to undergo tubal ligation or to use some other form of birth control and for men to have vasectomies. He said he opposes abortion and would not encourage it.

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