Brandy F., drug addicted prostitute, was ordered to not get pregnant again by a New York judge. Family Court Judge Patricial Gallaher wrote that the order was meant to improve the woman’s chances of being rehabilitated and reunited with her son.
The order was followed by a finding of neglect against the mother, and it includes a promise not the jail the mother if she violates it and becomes pregnant. All of Brandy F.’s four children are currently being raised by other people.
According to Jeanne Flavin, sociology professor at Fordham University, this order, “reflects a profound disregard for the human rights and dignity of pregnant and parenting women.” Flavin is currently on the board of directors of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, a reproductive justice organization. “If the courts and our child welfare systems were truly committed to the health and well-being of families, they would ensure people have the supports they need in order to feed, shelter, educate and care for their children in safe environments,” said Flavin.
According to Law News:
Gallaher’s order says the infant was born prematurely in July “and exhibited signs of withdrawal almost immediately after his birth.” Two previous children were born addicted to drugs and removed from the mother’s care in 2011 and 2014, according to the ruling. A 16-year-old son has been living with his maternal grandmother since 2007 after having access to a hypodermic needle while in his mother’s care.
The mother admitted to using crack cocaine, methadone and alcohol while pregnant with her infant son. She also said she had been a prostitute.