States have many ways to encourage or discourage their citizens to reproduce or not with pro- and anti-natal policies (such as tax benefits for having children, cheap or free birth control, or even cash payments for kids). Many times these policies are targeted at particular groups in ways that reproduce inequality. In this clip, John LaBruzzo (Representative of Louisiana) defends, but backs off on his proposal to pay poor women (or “these people” and “illegal aliens”) $1,000 to undergo surgical sterilization:

Found at Feministing.

Also in pro-natalism: the Third Reich Mother’s Cross.

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