It was just last month that a Wisconsin judge ordered a man who was $100,000 behind on child support to stop having children.
Now another Wisconsin judge has given a different man a similar set of orders – but with an additional requirement.
Judge Eugene Harrington has ordered 28-year-old John J. Butler, of Hayward, Wis., to reveal within three minutes of meeting a woman that he is a convicted felon and has unpaid child support, the Duluth News Tribune reported. Butler pleaded no contest in October to felony failure to pay child support for more than 120 days in 2011.
The News Tribune notes that the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2001 upheld a ruling in Manitowoc County ordering a man to not father children until he had paid up all of his back child support. Justices had ruled that the man's right to procreate was not being eliminated – he would be allowed to have more children if he could meet his legal obligation to pay child support.
A Cornell law professor in a 2008 piece considered the arguments for and against judges ordering men and women not to procreate as a part of sentencing.