- Yes, some people should not be parents.
- Yes, people should be required to pass a government exam
- Yes, people should not be allowed to have more children then they can support.
- No. I believe in the freedom to make their own choices.
Most Helpful Girls
I think that that idea flies in the face of free will that we have in the US. First off, I think that a govt exam can quickly turn into a master race type of scenario where only certain ethnicities and races are allowed to breed. Not only that, but there are multiple ways to parent and just because one person's way doesn't match the test exactly doesn't mean that they're necessarily wrong. There's also the fact that not everyone is a good test taker and some people have learning disabilities like dyslexia which would make an exam harder to pass. Then we're also looking at the govt deciding who is competent enough to breed. I dont think capping your number of kids by income is a good idea either. Many lower income families find happiness in the simple things in life like family since it is really the only thing they have. A lot of rich people dont want a lot of kids. Noone should be forced into or out of having the number of kids they desire. Also what happens if a non approved person gets pregnant or has one too many pregnancies by mistake? Will we force abortions or adoptions or will we mass sterilize as a preventive measure? I think this would be too risky and not in the best interest for the common person. Instead there should be more free classes and other information such as informational pamphlets. Sometimes all someone needs to be a good or better parent is the right basic information.
Yes, there are people that in theory should not be allowed to have children but in denying these individuals this freedom under some arbitrary law, my worry with a state exam or a financial requirement is that it would quickly be abused by those in power. Imagine we set a financial limit of 50K a year. This would eliminate childbirth for whole populations of people, many of them minority populations----you see where that can quickly go. Who and how does one decide just how much money is needed??
Second, just because one could potentially pass a one day exam or come up with the money in time for it to be verified, that doesn't mean they will have that type of money every year and there is nothing to say that money or brains exclude one permanently from becoming violent, a pedophile, abusive, dead beats, a bad parent, or drug dependent. There is no bar we can use to specifically say prior to having children that a potential parent will or won't be good at it and there is also no conclusive evidence that being poor automatically means a parent will be awful or unable to properly raise their children or that their circumstances can't change.
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Most Helpful Guy
While some people do not have what it takes to be a parent, licensing of parents is not something that can be done without the government or an NGO responsible for licencing unfairly discriminating against people. We can already see that certain groups of people ( e. g religious groups) are discriminated against when trying to adopt children. Also, what would you do if someone who didn't pass the test has children - would you take their children?
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