Paying for more babies could backfire – Gill Barnett
A local church leader is warning that any calls for Barbadian women to produce more children could backfire.
Thelma Gill Barnett today said it was necessary to have a discussion on the island’s population.
However, she warned that women who heeded the call to have more babies could end up having to raise and maintain these children on their own.
“You are saying to women who are going to get babies for a man who don’t have a job. In the courts there are so many women going up there for child support money and can’t find any. And what is happening now, these women are going to have abortions,” she stressed.
Church leader and Government senator Dr David Durant recently suggested that the authorities should consider paying married couples to produce more babies to ward off a feared population crisis.
The recommendation has sparked much debate and condemnation, with the Barbados Family Planning Association saying it would put the burden on women and Reverend Charles Morris calling it asinine and a means of turning couples into prostitutes.