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Adults require a licence to be a parent

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Started: 9/11/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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This round is an acceptance round. Shall we both agree to the definition.

Licence- formal permission or exemption

Parent- somebody who owns a child and is its guardian


Hello honourable chair, and worthy opponent. This house believes that adults should require a licence to be a parent.
To begin with, I would like to introduce several points to support my argument.

It is my belief that there are many ways in which a license would make a big difference.

Firstly, it would ensure that people are mentally and socially prepared for children. Mental illnesses in parents represent a risk for children in the family. These children have a higher risk for developing mental illnesses than other children. When both parents are mentally ill, the chance is even greater that the child might become mentally ill as well.

The risk is particularly strong when a parent has one or more of the following: Bipolar Disorder, an anxiety disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, alcoholism or other drug abuse, or depression. Risk can be inherited from parents, through the genes.

Moreover, implemented a parental licence world be effective in reducing or eliminating 'accidental' pregnancies. tTis would certainly be a deterrent. Unintended pregnancies are the primary cause of induced abortion, resulting in about 42 million induced abortions. Unintended pregnancies preclude chance to resolve sexually transmitted diseases (STD) before pregnancy. Untreated STD in pregnant woman can result in premature delivery, infection in newborn or infant death.

Thirdly, it could potentially assist in reducing child abuse and neglect. Children are our leaders of the future and should be treated with the up-most care. Take for example the case of a South Korean couple who left their daughter to starve while raising a virtual 'baby'. How can we let people like these freely have as many children as they want? That would be a gross injustice. Also, if you take children from the law breakers you break that chain of criminal acts that are passed down from the parents to the kids. "Like father, like son".

Lastly, I believe that by implementing a parental licence, it could potentially slow down population growth. In a world that is now overpopulated, this would be hugely beneficial .

To conclude, this house believes that taking care of a child is a huge responsibility. We get licenses to drive, to use a gun, and even to fish.. So why shouldn't one get a license before having a child? To me, the process of getting a license not only makes one accountable but it also makes one think about what they are getting into.

Thank you! :)
Debate Round No. 1


First of all, I'd like to point out some flaws in the pros side.

What is an "accidental" pregnancy. Is there really such thing. If so please post a source and explain it to me, after all I am still learning ;)

I believe that people should not be required to obtain a parenting license in order to have a child People should not be required to obtain a parenting license in order to have a child. It obviously violates freedom of people. It is a bad idea because people should have the right to have babies and raise them. Obtaining a license would mean nothing and it would destroy the values and tradition of families.

In addition, it is just not right. As far as children just being raised in a poor family, they may not have money, but money and success are ultimately unimportant. These children will learn what really matters, and not what society thinks matters. If love for each other is all a family has, then don't take that away from them. The children will not be happy with money but only want their old parents back.

If you really think this will make society better, then just look at China's system and see how bad things are there. Whenever government tries to make society better for everyone, it fails because people can only make themselves happy. Children are a gift from God or evolution (if you don't believe) Not from government. There is not forest, there are only trees similarly there is no society, only people.

Thx :)


Skittles27 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Cowboy0108 3 years ago
Interesting topic...
But who decides on the criteria for the liscenses? There would be no way to ensure that the requirements are not ridiculous.
What happens if a person gets pregnant accidentally and is not liscensed.
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