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Vasectomy Plea Deal For Dad of at Least Seven

Court ordered procedure would follow 20 months in prison, can't be reversed for five years.

A Virginia man with at least seven children has agreed to a vasectomy as part of his plea deal in a child endangerment case in Shenandoah County, according to The Washington Post.

Under the deal, Jessie Lee Herald, 27, of Edinburg, will receive 20 months in prison and five years probation for child endangerment, hit and run and driving on a suspended license in a crash. Herald's 3-year-old son suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Does the punishment fit the crime? Tell us in the comments section below.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ilona White defended the vasectomy deal to nvdaily.com.

"It was primarily due to the fact he had seven or eight children, all by different women, and we felt it might be in the commonwealth's interest for that to be part of the plea agreement," she said.

Harold will have the procedure done after he leaves prison and cannot have it reversed while he is on probation.



Hawa Coulibaly June 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Besides that fact that this irresponsible man is bringing innocent children into the world that he cannot afford, he is also putting them in risk of being born with a deadly disease... Obviously, he does not believe in condoms
Colleen June 25, 2014 at 04:34 PM
In this specific case, it seems warranted and appropriate. But I have serious concerns about some of the comments on here that think this is an appropriate, overarching solution for people deemed unfit to parent. Who deems whom is unfit? What does unfit mean? It was not having solid answers to these questions that undid the Eugenics Movement of the 1930's. Eugenics was a huge fad and lots of proponents. We went too the poor areas of the country (Appalachia is an excellent example) and mass sterilized anyone with mental handicaps, alcoholics, and "loose women." This inevitably led to abuse of power and ultimately created the foundation for the Nazi movement and genocide of the Jewish in Europe. Please don't talk about mass sterilization of a certain part of the population. You open the door to obscene abuse of power (imagine if our representatives could determine who was allowed to procreate or not). If they weren't meant to have children, then they wouldn't be able to, simple as that.
Colleen June 25, 2014 at 04:39 PM
though not scholarly, there is good background on the Eugenics Movement in America on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics_in_the_United_States ************************************************* And for something more scholarly, with lots of good photos, NPR has this article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2011/06/01/136849387/found-in-the-archives-americas-unsettling-early-eugenics-movement

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