Representative John LaBruzzo (R) recently proposed fixing the welfare problem in New Orleans by offering poor women $1000 to be sterilized, a suggestion that New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes has condemned as "blatantly anti-life" and eugenic in nature.
Louisiana Rep. LaBruzzo proposed the plan last week, which may also include vasectomies for poor men as well as a tax incentive for richer, better-educated citizens to have more children. LaBruzzo aims to steer the demographic away from welfare recipients, who he claims are reproducing too fast, saying, "We're on a train headed to the future and there's a bridge out."
Archbishop Hughes slammed LaBruzzo for promoting the eugenicist's "selective breeding" mentality.
"The Catholic Church has consistently taught that direct sterilization is seriously wrong," said the Archbishop in a statement. "The recent proposal of Rep. LaBruzzo not only would make sterilization our public policy and require tax payers to pay for it, but would also constitute a form of eugenics that the Church and this country have always condemned as an egregious affront to those targeted and blatantly anti-life."