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Appeals court upholds judge's procreation ban for deadbeat father
Panel says it lacks information it needs to make decision
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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An Ohio appeals court has, for now, upheld a judge's order that a deadbeat father can't have any more kids until he pays his back child support. WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz has more.

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Last year, a Lorain County probate judge ordered Asim Taylor to do everything he can to stop having kids for the next five years. That’s the term of his probation for failing to pay $100,000 in support for the four children he already has.

His attorney said that was unreasonable and unconstitutional. This week, the 9th District Court of Appeals disagreed.

Two of the three judges said they didn’t have the necessary background on Taylor to decide, so the original judge’s ruling stands. The third appeals judge said there is enough background – and the requirement that Taylor must “make all reasonable efforts to avoid impregnating a woman” was justified. If Taylor wants to have more kids, the judge rules, all he needs to do is pay what he owes.

Taylor is expected to appeal.

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