Procreating Stop

A father of four, who owes $97,000 in back child support has been ordered to stop procreating. Judge James Walther, of Elyria, Ohio, handed down the sentence to Asim Taylor and he also received five years’ of probation for failure to pay child support. If Taylor impregnates another woman within this time period, he could face a year in jail.

Judge Walther told the defendant at his sentencing, according to the Lorain county Chronicle-Telegram: “I put this condition on for one reason and one reason alone. It’s your personal responsibility to pay for these kids.”

Of course Taylor’s lawyer finds this unconstitutional. “The Supreme Court has ruled that this particular order is illegal,” says Attorney Douglas Merrill. He says the judge’s ruling violates the father’s rights. Merrill plans on appealing the case on the grounds that it violates Taylor’s right to privacy, citing a previous Ohio Supreme Court decision.

“It’s not a question whether or not if he wants to have more kids. It’s a question of whether or not the government should be telling somebody that they can or they can’t,” explains Merrill. “I’ve heard from at least one of the mother’s that he does do what he can to help support the child.”

Merrill also said that he’s concerned if Taylor does impregnate a woman, that woman might feel pressured to have an abortion to prevent Taylor from going to prison. That could conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision that guarantees a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion.

The judge would be willing to lift the ban if Taylor, “’Can prove to the Court that he is able to provide support for his children he already has and is in fact supporting the children or until a change in conditions warrant.”

When speaking on his own behalf, Taylor admitted to not paying child support. “I take care of my children,” he said. “I just don’t pay them through child support.”

Do you think this order is Constitutional?

  • Melani

    In the words of Riley Freeman from the Boondocks,
    “Oh yes, the victim! At what point does PERSONAL responsibility become a factor in this equation?’

    On the one hand, we yell and scream, “My body–my rights”. On the other, we say “Birth control was the man’s responsibility!”

    Can’t. Have. It. Both. Ways.

    Each of us is ultimately the captain of our own destiny. We owe it to ourselves to make the best decisions possible. Having a gaggle of children with a gaggle men who aren’t WILLING to care for them isn’t a great decision, I’m guessing.

  • Melani

    Agreed!

    For some reason, we have this subconscious belief that the women involved are decent, upstanding people…and some of them could be. But not all of them are.

    We don’t know that he’s never worn a condom. How do we know that none of the women sought to trap him into a relationship by becoming pregnant? Don’t act shocked, it DOES happen.

    I believe that there were TWO consenting adults in the bedroom and if the man has to pay for his children, the women need to as well. It could be argued that the women aren’t supporting their children either if they are on welfare and are not working themselves. Believe it or not, just because a woman has custody of her child it doesn’t automatically make her the best parent nor does it mean that she is actually taking care of the child(ren).

    I’m just saying that we can’t rip black men without pointing all those fingers back at ourselves as black women. WE have got to be more careful and thoughtful about the decisions we make.

  • Melani

    Nail. Hammer. *THWACK*

    Wanda speaks the truth.

    At the end of the day, our community has to reevaluate our morals, values, and priorities. Indescriminate, uncommitted sex is one way that we are creating a well of poverty, hopelessness, and despair that will slowly eradicate our culture from the inside out.

    We’ve got to get wiser and do better.

  • Positive and Insightful Discussion

    I see you comment a lot SMH and most of the time it’s filled with hate speech and hateful comments, which I don’t understand. I’m not sure if people have addressed you before, but I will.

    It’s one thing to disagree with someone, but it’s different when you fire personal attacks and insults. It doesn’t validate your point nor does it make the other commenter think critically about your assertions. Isn’t the point to have a dialogue and discussion on these online communities?

    This is how commenting becomes trolling, or better yet, a form of cyber-bullying. Why sound like a 14 yr old bully, when you can just be another adult disagreeing with another comment? When you say things like, “that’s why your father left your mother,” you add nothing to the discussion but make yourself look like an insecure and inarticulate fool. And you may have something positive and critical to add to the discussion, but all of that is negated when you fire these asinine insults versus a well-thought out retort that could potentially allow the rest of the community to think about.

    Cheers.

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