After reading this story , the comments are varied. The woman was jailed for 4 years after her 18 month old daughter died when she was hog at night to teach her a lesson to stay in bed. This young woman, 27, is now pregnant again and says she fears what the authorities will do when the baby is born. One comment in particular caught my attention and I think is valid:
If pedifiles are being castrated for there crimes i think mothers that also harm there child/ren should also be made to have there tubes tied before they leave jail , this is a disgraceYes, pedophiles are to be chemically castrated before release from prison here in Queensland on a voluntary basis. Anna Bligh, Queensland's premier says, that it will be for pedophiles and other sex offenders classed as dangerous only if they consented and was agreed to by a psychiatrist.
She ruled out mandating chemical castration – where prisoners take medication to reduce sexual urges – saying research showed mandatory measures did not work.
Fifteen dangerous sex offenders have been jailed indefinitely since the laws were introduced in 2003, while 38 have been released under supervision orders.
Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence said the number living in the community was expected to rise to 100 by 2010.
Under the changes, corrective services officers would have extra powers to decide where sex offenders were housed and if they should be banned from drinking alcohol. And prisoners kept in jail would have their cases reviewed every two years, rather than annually.
Judges would also be forced to consider indefinite sentences when an offender first came before the court, rather than when they were due to be released, and there would be a five-year limit on supervision orders to encourage more judges to keep them in jail.http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23914065-3102,00.html
Now to the question asked by the previous commenter, what about sterilisation for women who are jailed for the serious abuse/neglect of their children and those who contribute directly or indirectly to the deaths of their children . Does this woman deserve to have another child, many say the baby will be at risk. Maybe this woman has reformed, which brings the forth another question, what price a child's life? If we are to have voluntary castration of serious male sex offenders, then perhaps women who carelessly neglect/abuse/kill their children should have the same type intervention made to them. Voluntary or mandatory for both males and females? Children are a gift and it is with great shame that they are treated as a dispensable. So many grey areas, civil liberties, second chances, reformed prisoners. Each case would be different and where do governments draw the line?