Should Parents be Licensed?

In this paper I will argue that licensing parents is not only impractical but irrational. Hugh Laffollette, the author, argues many premises. However, many of his premises are assumptions and in the end are begging the question and not supporting his conclusion that licensing parents would help determine who is fit to become a parent and also that doing so would help children to become better adequate for adult life. Licensing parents would be a system that would be tedious and even hard to establish. So in this paper I will argue this point by explaining that it could be nearly impossible for us to establish a concrete way to determine who should be licensed and who should not.
Laffollette believes that licensing parents should be required based on the regulations we have already set in our society. In our society we normally regulate activities such as driving and also regulate professions like doctors, lawyers, and psychologist because the activities they perform can be harmful to others. Laffollette first criterion, or premise, goes on to suggest that the activities that can be harmful to others should require regulation and licensing and also have demonstrated competence for safe performance. Each year more than half a million children are physically abused or neglected by their parents, 1 in 10 children suffer from child maltreatment. 1 in 16 children suffer from sexual abuse, and nearly 1 in 10 children are witnesses to family violence. Also being aware that the number of children in the United States who died because of abuse or neglect in 2012 was an depressing 1,593. It is easy to see why Laffollette argues that “parenting is an activity potentially very harmful to children”. With these statistics we see that parenti...

... middle of paper ... their age, financial stability & relationship stability. It is the not the place of government to legislate against woman's choices. With the government having abortion regulations it is telling such persons when it is the right time for them to bare child. In turn warranting unwanted pregnancies and allowing a fetus to grow into a child that will grow in a non conductive and destructive environment without he love, care and stability that a child needs. Loffolette may argue that abortion is cause harm to the fetus and therefore should be regulated. However, arguments against abortions a merely a moral argument that is subject to personal interpretation, leading to the conclusion that is should not be legislated against. As far as causing harm to the fetus, a fetus is not legally or scientifically a person so abortion cannot be equated to murder of a human being.

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