• Of Course It a Right!

    Parenthood is the natural process that comes after giving birth. Every mother and every father has the right to engage in parenthood and raise their child the way they see fit. Laws are in place to protect children from abuse/neglect and laws are also in place to protect parental rights. Unless a parent has engaged in an activity or behavior that is unsafe or illegal, They will and SHOULD continue to hold this right.

    Posted by: KTVT
  • So everyone is judged?

    Wow, what a shock in this debate. I assume your great great ancestors where judged and was given a privilege before all of you were born. It is so obvious having a child is a right! However, there are laws, and there should be laws to protect children from neglect and abuse. Is your life a right or a privilege? If you answer a privilege than anyone can take your life away for not having the ability to live it correctly and meaningful. Sounds absurd doesn't it?! Geez, when is the parenting book at barns and noble going to be law and enforced and which one of the hundreds of those books will it be? We all have a right to live, breed freely, which is the result of being a parent just as any other living organism on this planet. Calling it a privilege is about as absurd as telling others who they can mate with IF they are even granted this privilege.

  • Are you kidding me?

    I can't believe you guys. Do you guys think that a person that doesn't have children deserve to die? That a factor of the measuring in a human being involves wether or not (s)he has children? That a person that doesn't have children is a loser? Because that's what it seems like. If you guys were 12, I would be maturer than all of you. I don't laugh at puberty class, I don't laugh at child jokes, I laugh at adult jokes. I watch adult T.V. shows, I hate when people refer to me as a kid, I am mature. I just don't want kids because I don't like kids. Is that a problem? And also, life is not about having kids. There's a lot more to life than having kids, if life was all about kids, every family would have hundreds of kids, moron.

  • A good thing

    I think that parenthood would be considered a privilege. You get the joy of raising your own offspring, and passing on your genes to the next generation to make sure that your family continues on, which is really the whole reason why any of us are here on earth today.

  • No, parenthood is not a right.

    While people are allowed to have kids, the ability to be a parent is not something that is a right. If a person proves to be an unfit parent, the government and law can definitely take way their ability to be a parent to their kids. I think people should know the difference.

  • No, parenthood is not a right.

    I see parenthood as a privilege. Conception can be easily achieved, from animals to humans, but conception does not automatically bestow parenting skills. Having a child is a lifelong responsibility that frequently requires sacrifices. Not all people are mature enough to accept this. Raising a child, loving it, and watching it become an adult is definitely a privilege.

  • No, parenthood is definitely a privilege.

    No, parenthood is definitely not a right. While just about anyone can have a child, this doesn't mean that the person has a right to keep the child. The local government can get involved in order to remove parental privileges if someone is not properly taking care of his or her children, which is why the foster care system exists.

  • Its a privilege

    Parenthood in not a right but a privilege. People thinking that they have a right to be a parent is what is wrong with today's world. People think that just because they can breathe, that means they can have a kid. These people almost never raise a good productive kid.

  • No, having children is a privilege

    Why I believe having children should be seen as a privilege is because raising children requires a lot of responsibility and sacrifice. I have personally seen a lot of videos of out of control children with bad parents and see it as a correlation to all the violence seen in American society. Children deserve a loving and proper upbringing and there are some people that just don't know that. With that, there are some people that would be amazing patents but need fertility treatment in order to have children or just can't at all. And...There are some parents that are perfectly fine when it comes to conception and their kids are just out of control and the parents don't do anything about it.Just too many horrible and uniting parents out there.

  • The Late George Carlin would tell you...We don't have rights!

    There are so many unfit "parents" on this planet who should not be allowed to procreate. The negative cycle of these people who keep breeding, living off the system, and worsening our overpopulated planet is sickening. All these young guys who impregnate dozens of young women, cannot teach, nor raise children to be a positive contribution to society; there are chances of accidental incest when these children grow up and become (unknowingly) involved with their half-siblings!

    No way in hell, is parenting a right!

  • Definitely a privilege

    You want to have your genes and bloodline continues and therefore increase the human's carbon food print to the earth. How is that a right? Lots of people argue the society needs children for the future. Sure, tons of orphans you can adopt and nurture for the future of the society!

  • Children Cause Generational Poverty

    As someone who has grown up poor, I can say 100% that kids are a privilege. It takes a completely stable (financially, mentally, emotionally) adult to raise a child. People who believe children are a "right" are what's wrong with this world and why irresponsible people are still birthing children into this world without considering the cost of having a child and how well off that child will be based on their current circumstances. If you can't take care of your child properly, you shouldn't be able to have one. Simple.

  • If we let this be a right, it will be humanity's downfall.

    Due to the exponential growth of human population, there has to be restrictions on birth rates. That would mean no more than one child per person. However, with the possibility of anti aging technology becoming very real, we need to acknowledge the possibility that many people could effectively live for an indefinite period of time. If this is true, it could take centuries before someone is allowed to have a child (on average each person would have 1 child if a child is birthed for every death). It is a small price to pay for indefinite life spans.

    If it is not a part of our culture to have children, I feel it is possible not many people would miss it.

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