Should The Government Require A License To Have Children?

Posted: February 10, 2010 in Ethics, Parent, Parenting, Philosophy
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This is a philosophical question I find intriguing. Would such a law improve our society? Would this law improve the quality of life for our future children? What guidelines should we apply to said law? I am certain there are many pros and cons to such an idea. The main con I see from implementing such a law is it goes against our civil liberties. I am sure it would cause social unrest, and would not be met with acceptance. If we look deeper into this question, we may find that society will improve over time.

If we look at our welfare system, there are a large number of people who are not able to support themselves let alone children, yet these people continue to procreate. In most of these cases we are dealing with addiction, and ignorance, while the children are forced to grow up in unhealthy environments. This unhealthy environment creates violence and the continuation and acceptance of poverty.

 This puts undue strain on our welfare system, often time’s families who need the help of welfare are denied such benefits because they make too much money, but the reality is they make too little to survive. Minnesota Care is a great example of this conundrum. This pattern of having children and being unable to support them is a pattern of poverty, which is passed on to the next generation. It is acceptable to have children young and become reliable on the system to survive; with no reliance an self preservation. If we were to end this cycle, would it be bad for our society? Would it be bad for the children who are forced to grow up in that environment?

I am certain we can agree, it is not in the best interest for poor, single, drug addicted people to have children. Then wouldn’t it make sense for people to prove they can support themselves, and be drug free to have children? Changing this simple trend, would end the culture where having more children equal a bigger paycheck from the government. In my opinion this is the easiest for me to accept, there are other issues not so cut and dry.

Is it wise for dumb people to breed? Is it ok for the mentally ill to risk passing on their illness? What about people who are racist, should they be allowed to give birth to a new generation of hate? Is teen pregnancy damaging to the parent and the child? What would happen if an unregistered person got pregnant? These questions make implementing such a law impossible, because who would say where the line should be drawn.

Being a parent is the most crucial job that anyone can have. Failing as a parent has severe consequences to the child and our society. I think there are people in America who do not qualify for such a large responsibility. I feel regulations in this area are needed, but would be impossible to carry out.

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Comments
  1. Nicole says:

    Two things should be done to our children, a micro chip installed at birth, just like circumision, like they do for animals in case they get lost and some sort of implanted birth control, like an IUD, implanted when a girl gets her period…. you can not have the device removed until you meet certin guidelines. kidnapping and unwanted pregnancy solved!!

  2. Traci says:

    To add on this– what about the dead beat dads who live 20 minutes away from their kids and only see them 3 times a year? They should have their “parenting licenses” revoked….

    • Tim Lundmark says:

      I do not understand how anyone can do that to their children. This has become common practice in our society. The people who suffer most are the children, this person who have kids here and there, leaves a path of destruction. This is why I asked the question, we just allow anyone to spread their seed. This person should not be allowed to have 10 kids then choose he wants nothing to do with them. He should be forced to have a vasectomy.

  3. I think the government should require a license for people to ask stupid questions.
    TOG

  4. …then at least we’d all get something out of it.

    • Tim Lundmark says:

      This is an ethical and philosophical question; to some this question may sound dumb. I apologize that you fell into that category. In addressing this and other topics we open our minds to new concepts, and ideas. The floor is then opened so others can have discussions on the topic. It is through this that many of our current ways of thinking and behaving have been established. This type of thinking is not done enough, and we as people become stuck into pre-conceived views of what is right and what is wrong. This lack of free thinkers has caused our society to stay stagnant. In philosophy there are no “dumb” questions, just close minded people who make judgmental comments, without adding anything of value to the subject topic.

    • Tim Lundmark says:

      I want to clarify, I am not saying you as a person is close-minded. I have never met you, nor do I know you as a person. If I were to proclaim you as close-minded that would make me judgmental. I look forward to reading your blog, it looks right up my alley.

  5. You appear to have succeeded in ending the discussion by scaring off all other prospective commentators with your insecure didacticism.

  6. Traci says:

    I do not think Tim was attacking in any way with his replies to you; as a matter of fact he clarified his comments were not intended to be negative towards you or any of your ideas- he encouraged you to comment and discuss and he “looks forward to reading your blog”. How is that attacking? This post was intended to be philosophical and open for discussion and thoughts and you comment with something a 12 year would use as a comeback? What have you added to the discussion? Whose the attacker?

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  8. Jay Cunningham says:

    Stop subsidizing people who can not afford children. People find a way to support themselves if they have too.

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