After adopting four drug-exposed babies in three years from the same addict, Barbara Harris decided to do something about the problem of addicts getting pregnant. In 1995 she authored Assembly Bill 2614 in an attempt to make long-term birth control mandatory for California addicts. When her initiative died on the assembly floor, she was left with two choices: do nothing or do something! “Nothing” was not an option for her, especially after watching how her adopted children suffered at birth due to their birth mothers’ prenatal neglect.
Harris decided to start a nonprofit organization that would offer drug addicts and alcoholics cash incentives to use long-term birth control. Since November of 1997 her organization has paid 600 addicts who have stepped up to do the “responsible thing.” Her story has captured the attention of media from around the world and a biography of her life and work is currently underway.