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Judge Orders Woman Not to Have Kids as Part of Her Probation

Judge Baird of Texas has ordered Felicia Salazar, 20, to stop having children, or head to jail. Felicia is on probation after pleading guilty to injury of her child by omission. Specifically she did not provide protection and medical care to her 19-month-old daughter, after the little girl was beaten by her father.

The father has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, and the daughter put in foster care. Texas judges can set any conditions of probation they deem reasonable, but many question the enforceability of the provision.

If Felicia gets pregnant, must she abort or go to jail for a probation violation? Has she just been ordered to not have sex? I have a feeling this case isn't over.


lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
No judge can rightfully enforce that upon any citizen. If he wants to add another amendment to the constitution, he may try to.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
The baby wouldn't automatically be taken away to foster care. It would depend on who the father was. If it wasn't someone with an abuse record, the baby would go to the father.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
Uh, that should be "It doesn't seem like this is a completely unreasonable restriction to put on a person". I really must be perplexed :)
Michelann Michelann 9 years
This case is kind of a question mark for me. On one hand, they can impose all kinds of restrictions on people on probation. You don't have the same rights that 'free' people have. They can drug test you at random, which is telling you what to do with your body (although it's illegal on it's own so it's different). It doesn't seem like this isn't a completely unreasonable restriction to put on a person. On the other hand, I do worry about what the consequences of this may be. Certainly if she gets pregnant, she'll be more likely to abort to keep out of prison. What I want to know, and maybe Smiley can answer, is what do you do with parents who have their children taken away when they have another child? Is that child automatically taken away as well, or do you have to prove another separate case? Are there any instances of people being barred from having children because their case history is so terrible?
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
*abuse it.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
I too agree that sometimes I wish there was a way to stop people who just seem bent on churning out children despite their emotional or economic ability to properly care for them. NOBODY benefits from that...and yet.. as it was said above - how do you legislate it? Anyone given the power to say who can or cannot have kids, has power enough to abuse. This is a very interesting case indeed.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 9 years
even though in this case, it's not actually a sentence and her reproductive rights aren't being taken away forever. it's just the terms of her probation.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 9 years
i think some people need to be given tough sentences. and although i know there must be certain rules and regulations and laws for everyone, i think there should be a case-by-case analysis. this woman sounds like she deserves to have her reproductive rights taken does the man.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
lol, ok! I was like, who doesn't love dorks?!? :?
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
yeap..... Cream of Nothing
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
I thought it was the cream of nothing avi too.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I'm guessing "cream of nothing" Yours is cute GS. I relate :)
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Well at least she doesn't currently have custody of her daughter. Some people just shouldn't be parents, but I wonder what kind of precedent this sentence will have.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
Wow that is the best ( not) avatar ever!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
I think the point is if she knows her butt is going to jail if she gets knocked up, she will be pretty damn careful with her birth control. Everyone's imaginations are going haywire with this one. It is just a term in her probation. Your reproductive rights aren't threatened.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
well i think that they are getting to be very creative here - but i guess when it's a matter of child endangerment, the are trying to keep her from having more kids to have this happen again. i'm sure that there is going to be a lot of talk about this one - seeing as how they said that she would either have to have an abortion or go to jail. i'm not sure that you can really say that can you?
geebers geebers 9 years
GS-I admit I would have said the same thing but I would totally be joking. :oops: In my defense, I make fun of non-New York states all the time. My favorite states to insult are Texas, New Jersey, and Virginia. :D
jessie jessie 9 years
wow...good luck enforcing that one....i'm interested to actually see what will happen if she happened to get preganant again....what actions would snowball from all of that
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
"It's Texas after all" Wow stellar argument.
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
It's Texas after all
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
chancleta chancleta 9 years
it may not be a perfect system but he's correct on one point = she has no business being a parent
chancleta chancleta 9 years
perhaps she'll go to jail if she gets pregnant perhaps the judge is trying to prohibit her from birthing a child she can't properly care for and will therefore end up in protective custody
chancleta chancleta 9 years
sounds like she's not fit to be a parent and that's why he ordered her not to have children hello - she omitted medical care to her beaten baby
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