Project Prevention's Controversial Cash for Sterilization and Birth Control Program for Drug and Alcohol Addicts Will Raise Paid Incentives and Expand Outreach

13 Jan, 2006, 00:00 ET from Project Prevention

    PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- At a press conference today in
 California, Project Prevention announced that it will raise the cash incentive
 paid to drug addicted and/or alcoholic women who choose long term or permanent
 birth control to $300.  Previously, the incentive was $200.  In addition, the
 first 100 women in 2006 to take advantage of the program will be paid $500.
 The increased cash incentives are part of an aggressive national grassroots
 campaign to raise the total number of clients served by the organization to
 2,006 by the end of 2006.  Project Prevention's mission is to reduce the
 number of substance-exposed births to zero.
     "Nothing positive comes from an addict giving birth numerous times only to
 have her children taken away -- it only sends the addict deeper into her
 addiction because of the guilt felt in losing yet another child," said Barbara
 Harris, founder of Project Prevention.  "I know this first hand, after
 adopting 4 of 8 children born to a Los Angeles drug addict, and decided to
 start Project Prevention after a failed attempt at legislation that would have
 made using birth control mandatory for drug addicts and alcoholics in
 California."
     Mrs. Harris was joined at the press conference by supporters and special
 guests including clients who have benefited from the program.  Several made
 remarks.
     John Novick, a long time supporter from California and a major investor in
 Project Prevention stated plainly, "Barbara Harris is the only one in America
 with the guts to confront the elephant in the living room."  He continued,
 "Long term birth control is the only proven means of preventing substance-
 exposed births."
     "It's unacceptable that public policy and social welfare programs have
 failed to protect innocent children from being born with crippling addictions
 to crack cocaine, alcohol and other substances that have life-long
 consequences," added Jim Woodhill, a Texas venture capitalist and major
 financial supporter of Project Prevention.  "Project Prevention is the best
 buy in all public policy and provides 100 times the return on investment as
 the next best charity I support."
     Founded in 1998, Project Prevention has paid 1,684 drug or alcohol
 addicted clients in 39 states and the District of Columbia to obtain long term
 birth control.  With 42 local and state chapters nationwide, Project
 Prevention intends to meet its goal to increase the number of clients served
 by raising the dollar value of its cash incentive to $300, providing a higher
 cash incentive of $500 to the first 100 women who take advantage of the
 program in 2006, and expanding its grassroots network of local and state
 outreach chapters.
     In addition, Project Prevention will take its message on the road to over
 40 cities this year in the organization's signature 30 foot motor home wrapped
 in advertising that promotes the program with stark, heart-wrenching
 photographs and statistics illustrating the life-long medical consequences
 faced by children born to addicts.  Ms. Harris and her supporters can be seen
 today kicking that effort off by taking their message to the streets of Los
 Angeles County.
     To learn more about Project Prevention, how to volunteer, how to start a
 chapter in your community, or to make a donation, please visit:
 www.projectprevention.org.
 
 

SOURCE Project Prevention
    PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- At a press conference today in
 California, Project Prevention announced that it will raise the cash incentive
 paid to drug addicted and/or alcoholic women who choose long term or permanent
 birth control to $300.  Previously, the incentive was $200.  In addition, the
 first 100 women in 2006 to take advantage of the program will be paid $500.
 The increased cash incentives are part of an aggressive national grassroots
 campaign to raise the total number of clients served by the organization to
 2,006 by the end of 2006.  Project Prevention's mission is to reduce the
 number of substance-exposed births to zero.
     "Nothing positive comes from an addict giving birth numerous times only to
 have her children taken away -- it only sends the addict deeper into her
 addiction because of the guilt felt in losing yet another child," said Barbara
 Harris, founder of Project Prevention.  "I know this first hand, after
 adopting 4 of 8 children born to a Los Angeles drug addict, and decided to
 start Project Prevention after a failed attempt at legislation that would have
 made using birth control mandatory for drug addicts and alcoholics in
 California."
     Mrs. Harris was joined at the press conference by supporters and special
 guests including clients who have benefited from the program.  Several made
 remarks.
     John Novick, a long time supporter from California and a major investor in
 Project Prevention stated plainly, "Barbara Harris is the only one in America
 with the guts to confront the elephant in the living room."  He continued,
 "Long term birth control is the only proven means of preventing substance-
 exposed births."
     "It's unacceptable that public policy and social welfare programs have
 failed to protect innocent children from being born with crippling addictions
 to crack cocaine, alcohol and other substances that have life-long
 consequences," added Jim Woodhill, a Texas venture capitalist and major
 financial supporter of Project Prevention.  "Project Prevention is the best
 buy in all public policy and provides 100 times the return on investment as
 the next best charity I support."
     Founded in 1998, Project Prevention has paid 1,684 drug or alcohol
 addicted clients in 39 states and the District of Columbia to obtain long term
 birth control.  With 42 local and state chapters nationwide, Project
 Prevention intends to meet its goal to increase the number of clients served
 by raising the dollar value of its cash incentive to $300, providing a higher
 cash incentive of $500 to the first 100 women who take advantage of the
 program in 2006, and expanding its grassroots network of local and state
 outreach chapters.
     In addition, Project Prevention will take its message on the road to over
 40 cities this year in the organization's signature 30 foot motor home wrapped
 in advertising that promotes the program with stark, heart-wrenching
 photographs and statistics illustrating the life-long medical consequences
 faced by children born to addicts.  Ms. Harris and her supporters can be seen
 today kicking that effort off by taking their message to the streets of Los
 Angeles County.
     To learn more about Project Prevention, how to volunteer, how to start a
 chapter in your community, or to make a donation, please visit:
 www.projectprevention.org.
 
 SOURCE  Project Prevention