A mother of nine in Boston is suing her doctors for performing a tubal ligation against her consent. While I agree that they were out of line, at what point are the taxpayers allowed to say "No more!"?
Tessa Savicki (photo below) claims that she consented to an IUD, a reversible form of birth control should she later decide to have more kids, but instead was permanently sterilized by her doctors. Naturally, a lawsuit has been filed. The incident in question occurred in December of 2006. Sounds like Tessa needs more money. Her lawsuit is claiming that she has suffered “substantial pain and emotional distress and incurred severe and permanent physical injuries.” Boo frickin' hoo.
Savicki's children are the product of several men. Three of her children have been produced with her current fiance, Angel Flores Tirado, 36. Tirado works full-time to support his children. A commendable action in today's world, I have to give him credit for taking care of his responsibilities. Tessa, on the other hand, seems to be the irresponsible one.
She has four children living with her, her mother has custody of three, and two are no longer minors. Her first child was born when Savicki was only 13, the age when she dropped out of the ninth grade. Two of the four children living with her receive welfare benefits, and Tessa herself receives SSI for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Savicki has been through the court system before due to reproductive issues. In 2001, she sued a CVS pharmacy and a spermicide manufacturer claiming that she got pregnant with her now 12-year-old daughter because she had bought and used an expired spermicide product. The result was a settlement (of course).
“I would never have the right to tell anyone else ‘because you have this many kids that’s enough,’ ” she said. “That’s no one’s right to say that. It’s my choice. No one has the right to say you’ve had enough. [I do if I'm supporting them, honey. -- B&G]
“I take care of my kids. I love my kids. I was not ready to make that kind of decision,” she said of the permanent sterilization. [We, the taxpayers of this country and the state of Massachusetts, take care of your kids. --B&G]
While I agree that a signed consent form for the procedure should have been secured, at what point are the taxpayers let off the hook for the decisions she makes?
Tessa: If you have a job to support your children, then by all means; have as many as you'd like. Until then, why not take charge of your body and keep your frickin' legs closed? And should you get pregnant again and can't support the new baby, don't look for the taxpayers to bail you out. Your decision, your responsibility.