Dutch Lawmaker Proposes Forced Abortions to Stop "Unwanted Children"

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 21, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 21, 2006

Rotterdam, Netherlands (LifeNews.com) — A pro-abortion city councilwoman in Rotterdam says that forced abortions should be used to curb the "problem" of unwanted children in Holland and its territories.

Alderman Marianne van den Anker of the Leefbaar Rotterdam (LR) party says the forced abortion and contraception would reduce the incidence of child abuse.

Van den Anker has two children and is the official in charge of the city’s health issues.

In an interview in newspaper ‘NRC Handelsblad’ Van den Anker said she had tried to lower the rates of child abuse, without success. "I fail, I fail," she told the interviewer as she discussed her proposal to force women to have abortions.

Van den Anker said Antillean teenage mothers, drug addicts and those who are mentally disabled should be forced to have abortions and use contraception if they are having sex.

Otherwise, an "unacceptable risk" of some children exposed to "violence, neglect, mistreatment and sexual abuse."

She indicated courts would determine when women should be forced to have abortions and that social workers "can see in 95 percent or even 100 percent of cases whether the child has a chance of growing up with love."

SWA, a foundation promoting health among Antilleans and Arubans in Rotterdam, condemned the comments, according to an Expatica article.

It called on Mayor Ivo Opstelten and the LR party’s coalition partners, the Christian Democrat (CDA) and Liberal (VVD) parties, to reject Van den Anker’s proposal.

A CDA spokesman told Expatica that if Van den Anker tried to turn her ideas into policy that it would strongly oppose such a measure. The pro-abortion VVD party also disagreed with the idea.

Abortion is legal in Holland and ther European nation has come under fire for its pro-euthanasia policies.