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You have the right to have as many children as you desire. You can have seven like the Waltons, six like the Brady Bunch, or none at all like Oprah. It is all left to your discretion-unless you fail to pay child support, and as a result end up facing criminal charges. The United States Constitution protects the right to freedom in procreation decisions. Generally, this means that the government cannot interfere with such decisions unless it has a compelling reason to do so. Even then, such interference must be narrowly tailored to meet government interests.

This article explores the use of probation conditions that restrict the right to freedom in procreation decisions.