Belgian Socialist party leader proposes compulsory contraception

LifeSiteNews | 1/23/2019 | Staff
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January 23, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The president of the Flemish Socialist party Socialistische Partij Anders (sp.a) has caused a media uproar in Dutch-speaking Belgium with his proposal to “prevent some people, at least for a time, from having children.”

In a lengthy interview with Humo magazine, John Crombez said certain parents should be obliged to use contraception in order to “protect” children from being born and coming into the world under particularly difficult circumstances.

Idea - Skepticism - Anger - Party - Members

While his idea has been met with skepticism and anger, even from some of his own party members, Crombez is a sufficiently important enough figure in Belgian politics – his party represents about 10 percent of Flemish members of Parliament – not to brush his comments aside as irrelevant.

Crombez has already received support from Valerie Van Peel, a member of Parliament for the nationalist liberal-conservative New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), the mainstream party that has the largest number of seats in the Federal Chamber. At least one prominent Flemish political columnist, Liesbeth Van Impe, commented that the issue is an extremely sensitive one but worthy of a debate.

Crombez - Suggestion - Origins - Years - Schoolboy

Crombez’s suggestion finds its origins 30 years back, when as a schoolboy, along with a teacher, he met with children from dysfunctional families who had been taken into the state’s care. He has always worked with difficult youngsters and has complained about the insufficiencies of the public safety net that leaves them without help once they've turned 18 – even when they risk falling into forced prostitution.

When he described this situation in the interview to journalist Raf Liekens, the question arose immediately: Are some people unsuitable for parenthood?

Workers - Story - Babies - Overdose - Filth

“If you listen to workers who tell you the story of babies born with an overdose, because they received too much filth through the umbilical cord, you no longer have any doubts,” Crombez said. “These...
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