Project Prevention Brings Controversial Program That Pays Drug Addicts and/or Alcoholics $300 to be Sterilized or use Long-Term Birth Control to Maui

Thursday, December 18, 2008 General News J E 4
MAUI, Hawaii, Dec. 18 North Carolina-basedProject Prevention, which offers a cash incentive of $300 to drug addictsand/or alcoholics to receive long-term or permanent birth control, will visitHawaii for the first time on Friday, December 19, 2008. The group will hold apress conference at 10:30AM. To date, the program has paid more than 2,500participants responsible for over 10,000 pregnancies prior to entering theprogram to obtain long-term or permanent birth control.

Project Prevention was established in 1998 to address the nearly 300,000children born each year substance exposed. Now in its tenth year, the programhas at a minimum prevented more than 2,100 children from being born substanceexposed. The cost of caring for those 2,100 potential lives would haveexceeded $1 billion when taking into account the costs associated with caringfor such children. These costs include healthcare (between $243 and $906million annually), special education ($8.4 billion annually), and foster care($6 billion annually).

Following the press conference founder and director Barbara Harris, whopersonally adopted four out of eight children to one substance abusing mother,will travel throughout the city accompanied by her adopted children. Also inattendance will be Stephanie Sanders, a program board member, who will shareher compelling story about caring for medically fragile children.

Project Prevention is a national, 501(c)3 not-for-profit that offers cashincentives to women addicted to drugs and/or alcohol to use long-term orpermanent birth control. The organization has paid clients in 39 states andthe District of Columbia. Project Prevention's mission is to reduce the numberof substance exposed births to zero- because every baby deserves a soberstart! www.projectprevention.orgWhen: Friday, December 19, in Maui. 10:30 AM Where: Westin Maui Resort 2365 Kaanapali Parkway Maui, HI 96761

SOURCE Project Prevention


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