The punishment-du-jour for not paying copious amounts of child support, child neglect or child abuse seems to be handing out, “no more kids for you” sentences.
A 44-year-old man in Wisconsin, Corey Curtis, has fathered nine children by six different women, and owes more than $90,000 in back child support. The judge ordered that Mr. Curtis would not be allowed to procreate until he showed proof that he could, and more importantly would, support his nine children as part of his probation.
Another father of four, Asim Taylor, in Ohio was also court-ordered to stop having children until he paid over $90,000 in owed child support. His attorney says the ruling is overreaching and violates Taylor’s rights.
A Florida woman, Kimberly Lightsey, was convicted of child abuse and child neglect on two separate occasions. She was ordered by a Florida judge to stop having children until she could fulfill the terms of her probations. Having another child before those conditions are met could get her five years in jail.
You may have already guessed that lawyers are ready to contest these stipulations of probation on the grounds that they are rights violations. One of the attorneys stated that the only insurance a man has for not fathering a child, is to stop having sex.
Seriously? As if there aren’t 100’s of forms of birth control on the market today?
If people kill other people, they are locked up so they can’t kill more people. If they are intoxicated while driving, they lose their licenses. So why can’t people who continue to have children that they don’t and/or can’t support be prohibited by law from having children?
I don’t know about you, but I care more about the rights of the kids than I do their deadbeat parents.
In the Florida woman’s case, her four children are in the custody of family members. She was also ordered not to have unsupervised contact with the minors. So, is the state violating her rights by ordering her not to have any more children?
I would argue that in each of these cases the state is acting in the best interest of the children and the parents or families, who end up raising them.
What do you think?
Amy Grace is married with two children. You can read her every Friday on momaha.
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