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Involuntary servitude is a United States legal and constitutional term for a person laboring against that person's will to benefit another, under some form of coercion other than the worker's financial needs. While laboring to benefit another occurs also in the condition of slavery, involuntary servitude does not necessarily connote the complete lack of freedom experienced in chattel slavery; involuntary servitude may also refer to other forms of unfree labor. Involuntary servitude is not dependent upon compensation or its amount.
The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution makes involuntary servitude illegal under any U.S. jurisdiction whether at the hands of the U.S. government or in the private sphere, except as punishment for a crime: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
The Supreme Court has held, in Butler v. Perry, 240 U.S. 328 (1916), that the Thirteenth Amendment does not prohibit "enforcement of those duties which individuals owe to the state, such as services in the army, militia, on the jury, etc."
Originally posted by nixie_nox
reply to post by thehoneycomb
Yes, an individual has a right to hold himself accountable, and if HE doesn't want to pay child support, HE can make his OWN decision for HIMSELF to abstain.
Funny how weak males are still trying to pin it on women. Its unfortanate we don't figure this out until they have already bred.edit on 17-2-2012 by nixie_nox because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by thehoneycomb
reply to post by nixie_nox
Hey it takes two to tango. The female engages also. That shouldn't guarantee a free pass for the woman and not for the man or visa versa..
The government should butt out, they can not solve our problems for us, they can only aggravate our differences further.
What every happened to being self accountable?
It's a much better way of life.
Originally posted by Kali74
reply to post by korathin
That is a very wordy way of saying that the father should just be able to walk away and never support his child.
except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted,