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Project Prevention Brings Controversial Program That Pays Drug Addicts and/or Alcoholics $300 to be Sterilized or use Long-Term Birth Control to Maui

December 18, 2008

MAUI, Hawaii, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — North Carolina-based
Project Prevention, which offers a cash incentive of $300 to drug addicts
and/or alcoholics to receive long-term or permanent birth control, will visit
Hawaii for the first time on Friday, December 19, 2008. The group will hold a
press conference at 10:30AM. To date, the program has paid more than 2,500
participants responsible for over 10,000 pregnancies prior to entering the
program to obtain long-term or permanent birth control.

Project Prevention was established in 1998 to address the nearly 300,000
children born each year substance exposed. Now in its tenth year, the program
has at a minimum prevented more than 2,100 children from being born substance
exposed. The cost of caring for those 2,100 potential lives would have
exceeded $1 billion when taking into account the costs associated with caring
for such children. These costs include healthcare (between $243 and $906
million
annually), special education ($8.4 billion annually), and foster care
($6 billion annually).

Following the press conference founder and director Barbara Harris, who
personally adopted four out of eight children to one substance abusing mother,
will travel throughout the city accompanied by her adopted children. Also in
attendance will be Stephanie Sanders, a program board member, who will share
her compelling story about caring for medically fragile children.

Project Prevention is a national, 501(c)3 not-for-profit that offers cash
incentives to women addicted to drugs and/or alcohol to use long-term or
permanent birth control. The organization has paid clients in 39 states and
the District of Columbia. Project Prevention’s mission is to reduce the number
of substance exposed births to zero- because every baby deserves a sober
start! www.projectprevention.org

    When:     Friday, December 19, in Maui.
              10:30 AM

    Where:    Westin Maui Resort
              2365 Kaanapali Parkway
              Maui, HI 96761

SOURCE Project Prevention


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