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    A license to have children [W:81]

    Should people be required to qualify and obtain a license to have children? If so, what should be the standards to qualify and why?

    People need a license to drive, hunt, fish, etc and society is inundated with government regulations as it is, and yet people can breed freely without regard for their ability to provide for their children and regardless of genetic health. Personally, I think it would be disastrous to give the government control over reproduction, especially considering the lousy job it does with everything else. And yet, it is illogical for unhealthy and/or poverty stricken people to breed.

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    re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Alyssa View Post
    Should people be required to qualify and obtain a license to have children? If so, what should be the standards to qualify and why?

    People need a license to drive, hunt, fish, etc and society is inundated with government regulations as it is, and yet people can breed freely without regard for their ability to provide for their children and regardless of genetic health. Personally, I think it would be disastrous to give the government control over reproduction, especially considering the lousy job it does with everything else. And yet, it is illogical for unhealthy and/or poverty stricken people to breed.
    Yup, I'd require it. Income and intelligence would be 2 immediate factors I'd use as criteria.

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    re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Alyssa View Post
    Should people be required to qualify and obtain a license to have children? If so, what should be the standards to qualify and why?

    People need a license to drive, hunt, fish, etc and society is inundated with government regulations as it is, and yet people can breed freely without regard for their ability to provide for their children and regardless of genetic health. Personally, I think it would be disastrous to give the government control over reproduction, especially considering the lousy job it does with everything else. And yet, it is illogical for unhealthy and/or poverty stricken people to breed.
    Our culture does not have the capacity to regulate the sexual activities of hundreds of millions of people. That sort of eugenics is also less effective than just promoting better parenting through educational programs.
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    re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Well, we we could stop encouraging people who cannot afford them by not giving additional benefits for additional children. And before all the autocrats say it never happens that way, it happens that way......

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    re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Alyssa View Post
    Should people be required to qualify and obtain a license to have children? If so, what should be the standards to qualify and why?

    People need a license to drive, hunt, fish, etc and society is inundated with government regulations as it is, and yet people can breed freely without regard for their ability to provide for their children and regardless of genetic health. Personally, I think it would be disastrous to give the government control over reproduction, especially considering the lousy job it does with everything else. And yet, it is illogical for unhealthy and/or poverty stricken people to breed.
    I voted yes.

    I think that it should be required for parents to go through a course telling them what to expect when being a parent. This includes their legal obligations as a parent and government agencies and programs available to help them.

    I also think it should be a two-year college level course for those willing to take it.

    edit: I suppose what I would want to do is regulate who can parent and raise a child rather who can breed.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Alyssa View Post
    Should people be required to qualify and obtain a license to have children? If so, what should be the standards to qualify and why?

    People need a license to drive, hunt, fish, etc and society is inundated with government regulations as it is, and yet people can breed freely without regard for their ability to provide for their children and regardless of genetic health. Personally, I think it would be disastrous to give the government control over reproduction, especially considering the lousy job it does with everything else. And yet, it is illogical for unhealthy and/or poverty stricken people to breed.
    Good luck enforcing it.
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    re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    Our culture does not have the capacity to regulate the sexual activities of hundreds of millions of people. That sort of eugenics is also less effective than just promoting better parenting through educational programs.
    There's a difference between regulating sex and regulating parenting.

    And eugenics has nothing to do with the latter.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    Our culture does not have the capacity to regulate the sexual activities of hundreds of millions of people. That sort of eugenics is also less effective than just promoting better parenting through educational programs.
    No way. Educational programs do almost nothing to reduce social programs like this, because the people who need it most are the people who don't care about it, take it seriously or pursue it. I love education, but that's because I want to learn things and so I pursue education and information.

    The thing about child licenses is NOT that they would be ineffective, it's that they would be controversial/unethical/immoral/unconstitutional, or so many would feel.

    Personally though, I think children's rights not to be raised in pathetically substandard environments should supersede people's reproductive rights. The primary challenges are to 1) defeat people's emotional objections to this idea, and 2) regulate it cost-effectively.

    Some people are serious about it and trying to do something about it. Exhibit A: Sterilize for Cash: Paying Drug Addicts to Not Have Kids - TIME

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    re: A license to have children [W:81]

    l believe not everybody should be allowed to have children before being trained to raise a child .

    this is my real opinion...
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    re: A license to have children [W:81]

    absolutely not

    it would be great if all parents fully understood the consequences of having a child, and were financially and emotionally prepared before actually having the child

    it would also be great if all people fully understood the consequences of their own personal financial decisions, like using credit cards, taking out mortgages/loans, etc

    but in this country we are free to try and do almost anything we want, just as we are free to live with the consequences of those actions

    taking away the freedom to start a family is shockingly un-american

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