One more thing about commissioner candidate Janet Rowland…

Former County Commissioner Janet Rowland (January 2005 – January 2013) advocated a program that paid women with drug addictions $300 to get sterilized

Former Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland, who has already had two terms in the recent past and is now running for a third term, has given Mesa County voters plenty of reasons not to elect her again, but here’s another one, and get ready. This one is kind of creepy.

In 2008, Rowland promoted a program that paid drug-addicted women $300 to get sterilized so they couldn’t reproduce. The program, called Project Prevention, targeted its advertising mainly at women, and 37% of the women who had been sterilized under the program were African-American. In 2009, African-Americans made up just 12.4% of the U.S. population.

In June of 2008, Rowland brought Barbara Harris, the founder of Project Prevention, to Grand Junction to promote the program. At the time, Rowland was a board member of the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

“We don’t allow dogs to breed,” yet “these women are literally having litters of children” — Harris

Harris previously tried to pass a law in California to make it a crime for drug addicts to have babies. After that failed, she started an organization called Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity (CRACK), that later changed the name to Project Prevention.

Project Prevention’s bus

Harris toured the country promoting her sterilization program in a 30-foot motorhome that bore large images of pregnant women drinking alcohol and shooting up illegal drugs.  The program’s slogan was “Don’t let pregnancy get in the way of your crack habit.”

Harris was quoted in Buzzfeed in 2012 as saying,

“We don’t allow dogs to breed. We spay them. We neuter them. We try to keep them from having unwanted puppies, and yet these women are literally having litters of children.”

Voters may want to consider Ms. Rowland’s support for this program before voting for her as county commissioner again.

Next she may advocate sterilizing people who scrutinize her record.

 

 

June 26, 2008 Daily Sentinel

1 comment for “One more thing about commissioner candidate Janet Rowland…

  1. Marny Trey
    September 13, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Sorry, but I support that. The welfare system, and CPS is overwhelmed with children in foster care. Not to mention the babies that are born addicted to drugs every day. If you choose to shoot your body full of drugs, and drinking, don’t get pregnant. How do you do that? How can anyone expect a person that can’t make good personal choices for them selves to take responsibility and use birth control? we can’t. So If Ms. Harris’s program can help with that, I say go for it! It offers TEMPORARY birth control, and I think it’s a great idea! I would much rather pay for that, then something like say– abortion. Which is just another word for child sacrifice to the demon Moloch. Makes him pretty happy.

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