But Oregon is one of the largest states with an above-average white population.
88.6 percent of Oregonians are white. Only 2 percent are black. That compares to a national average of 78.1% and 13.1% respectively.
Some may question, then, why Oregon is the first state to allow children as young as 15 years old to undergo irreversible sterilization -- without parental consent. It's a part of Obamacare that took effect August 1. The provision for sterilization applies because Oregon state law sets 15 as the age of "informed consent."
Stephanie Zawada, writing for Catholic Online, explains, "Oregon's consent form, specific for the sterilizations of 15 to 20-year-olds, reads, 'I understand that the sterilization must be considered permanent and not reversible. I have decided that I do not want to become pregnant, bear children or father children.' In the case that the patient does not speak or read English, an interpreter is permitted to assist the patient 'to the best of [his] knowledge and belief' in the signing away of the patient's reproductive capacity."
So, as it stands, the first children under 18 to become permanently sterilized by choice will be impressionable white kids in Oregon.
It should be noted that what applies in Oregon applies to every state's age of informed consent. Therefore, the Obamacare provision that mandates "approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity" applies in every state that participates in Obamacare. Oregon's unusually low age of informed consent is what makes white kids vulnerable compared to children in other states.
In other states some non-whites, black women in particular, are expected not to participate in the sterilization provision. Baby-making is a cash cow for many minority women who are dependent on various forms of government welfare for their livelihood.
While the nation's liberalized abortion laws have weighed heavily against blacks -- the Alan Guttmacher Institute blacks women are five times as likely to have abortions as whites -- the fertility and birth rates among America's black women has been consistently higher than among white women.
Note, also, the Obamacare provision specifies women. Men are excluded. Sexually active black males who don't want to be bothered by fatherhood appear to be left out. To my knowledge there is no other provision in Obamacare that mandates sterilization coverage for males (there may be) and and I'm aware of no movement afoot to challenge the sterilization provision as discrimination against males.
Does Obamacare require insurance providers to cover sterilization for males?
I don't know.
If it does we can expect to see a large number of black males taking advantage of the provision in the ensuing years. That, in turn, could substantially decrease the birth rate among American blacks.
How ironic it would be if Obamacare ultimately led to voluntary sterilization of millions of young black males and depleted the black population; or if President Romney were to repeal Obamacare and preserve the race that unanimously voted against him.
In the meantime, 15 year old white kids in Oregon have access to sterilization without their parents' consent.
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