For years citizens have been warning against the dangers of big government, claiming that we were going down the same road as China. These citizens have often been denounced as “tea-baggers” or even “tin foil hat wearers”. It seems their claim has verified their warning is credible, at least in regard to the U.S. allowing child limits.
“That could never happen here.”, an acquaintance once responded to this claim. I informed her, “excuse me? It already has.”
Thats right, there at least 4 cases where U.S. citizens have been ordered to cease having children. These cases are not where a child predator was forcefully sterilized.
Case #1: Judge Marilyn O’Connor orders that a couple could no longer have children. This case dates all the way back to 2004.
Case #2: Judge Tim Boyle sentenced a man to three years of probation with the condition he is not to procreate. 12/2012
President Obamas Science Czar, John Holdren co-authored a book with Paul and Annie Ehrlich more than three decades ago called Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment . In a section on “Involuntary Fertility Control,” Holdren and the other authors discuss various “coercive” means of population control — including putting sterilants in the drinking water:
Case #4: A Virgina man made a plea deal which mandated he be sterilized, and that for the remainder of his probation he could not have the vasectomy reversed. This case to was in 2012.
After covering all these with my acquaintance, she came to the conclusion that these orders would not last because they’re unconstitutional. Yes that logic does sound reasonable, in Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 399 , the Court, referring to the Fourteenth Amendment, stated:
“While this Court has not attempted to define with exactness the liberty thus guaranteed, the term has received much consideration and some of the included things have been definitely stated. Without doubt, it denotes not merely freedom from bodily restraint but also [for example,] the right . . . to marry, establish a home and bring up children . . . .”
So it would seem that these orders are unconstitutional…. until you see Case #5: where an appellate court supported the ruling of the lower court where an Ohio man was ordered not to have any more kids. When did that appellate ruling come down? MAY OF THIS YEAR!
Why are these cases so concerning?
1) because very few citizens know of their existence
2) because some argue that the government has the power to do this, just like China has
3) because some who might argue agianst such government overreach are okay with these precedents because these orders are on “scum bags” or “lousy parents”. But thats not important, what is important is precedents are being set here, once set, the government will have this power and those and charge of the government can then choose who they view as “scum bags” and can sterilize them as well.
4) Probably the biggest reason to be concerned is, THIS IS WRONG, we, all of us know, deep down, that it is a natural right to procreate if we choose and that the government has no authority to suppress such a right.
Please heed these warnings before we do begin receiving “child limits”.