10/19/2010 02:57 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

POLL: Should U.S. Charity Pay To Sterilize British Drug Addicts?

A plan to "bribe" addicts into not having children is getting a lot of attention across the pond.

Barbara Harris is the founder and head of Project Prevention, which pays U.S. drug addicts $300 to be sterilized or treated for long-term birth control.

Her charity, BBC reports, has recently expanded into Great Britain, where she is offering to pay £200 to drug addicts there to submit to the same services.

The idea is to prevent drug users from having children while addicted, thus preventing the many medical and emotional complications of bearing a child addicted to drugs from birth.

The program caused an ethical uproar in Britain Monday, when a 38-year-old heroin user from Leicester agreed to have a vasectomy for cash, becoming Project Prevention's first British client.

Harris told the BBC:

"I really don't understand controversy or people who oppose what we do," Harris said. "I think a lot of people should realize they're never going to be good parents, and never have children."

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