Licensing Parenthood Essay

785 Words Aug 29th, 2013 4 Pages
The idea of establishing a licensing program for procreation is not a new idea. This idea has been brought up many times, and has persuasive arguments on both sides. These arguments range from basic human rights on the side against to instances of neglect and abuse on the pro side of the concept. This has to potential to be a highly controversial subject if it were ever to be brought to a political light.

Licensing is required in many professional fields, as well as for many activities. Generally licensing is required for tasks and professions that could potentially be dangerous or life-threatening if it is done incorrectly. The professions of doctors, lawyers, welders, electricians, air traffic controllers, pilots, and countless
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This would once again come under fire from the human rights sector. Another option could be forced sterilization in a method that could be reversible once licensing is achieved, however that would require an invasive procedure.

There are also many arguments that can be made for requiring a licensing in order to become a parent. We see evidence nearly every day in the news about the extremes of bad parenting. Caylee Anthony and Jonbenet Ramsey are only two examples of many cases of bad parenting that most everyone has heard in recent years. With the current system there is no real way of preventing a possible bad situation. I do not believe that a system for licensing would be perfect, however no licensing system is. The possible licensing requirements are already in place with the restrictions and investigations required for the adoption process. At this point in time it requires a thorough background investigation, financial investigation, and multiple home visits in order to qualify to adopt a child, though there are no such requirements in order to have your own, and in this case it is believed that the financial cost of screening potential parents for an adopted child does not outweigh the benefits of placing a child into a suitable, stable home. In addition there would be mandatory classes and tests to educate and evaluate potential parents. The only seemingly insurmountable objection at this time is how the

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