Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Answer this Question
Here is a news story about a New Jersey mother who apparently took her young child into a tanning salon and allowed her to tan. While it remains to be seen if the alleged act actually occurred (judging from the looks of the mom, my guess is it did), it brings up a question which has never been answered to my satisfaction. Why isn't childbearing regulated? Why is no license required for people to have children?
I am not a person who thinks everything should be regulated, but let's be real. We require people to get licenses to drive cars and get married. We require tanning salon operators to get licenses. I think becoming a parent is at least as important as those things, especially considering the damage that is caused when people who have no business having children have them.
Why is it that I had to get a license to get married and even had to have a special blood test, yet Joe Blow who is an abusive alcoholic with anger management issues, a criminal record and the farthest thing from daddy material, can bring as many children into the world as he pleases and screw them up royally?
Why is childbearing treated as a right instead of a privilege when the act affects the well-being of others and can pose a hazard to society, not to mention be a drain on society?
Why is it that the people who are the least suited to parenthood are the ones spawning the most?
Can anyone answer these questions? If so, you will get a gold star and be named Childfreedom Commenter of the Week.