Should Parents Be Licensed?: Debating the Issues

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Would-be teachers are generally required to study fulltime for at least eight months before the state will allow them the responsibility of educating children for six hours a day. Many would say we have set the bar too low. And yet we haven?t even set the bar as high ? in fact we haven?t set a bar at all ? for parents. Should there be a national parenting policy, including mandatory parenthood training and screening of prospective parents?
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Would-be teachers are generally required to study fulltime for at least eight months before the state will allow them the responsibility of educating children for six hours a day. Many would say we have set the bar too low. And yet we haven’t even set the bar as high — in fact we haven’t set a bar at all — for parents. Should there be a national parenting policy, including mandatory parenthood training and screening of prospective parents?
In this informative and thought-provoking collection of articles, experts from the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, law, political science, public health, sociology, and anthropology consider the many issues involved in licensing parents. Following a thorough introduction to these issues, editor Peg Tittle presents the contributions in three major sections. The first part focuses on parenting, presenting several proposals for licensing, then taking a closer look at the problem of assessing nurturing skills, drawing on work done in the areas of custody, adoption, and new reproductive technologies.
The second part focuses on parentage, exploring the moral acceptability of passing on genetic disease, as well as the moral implications of genetic engineering.
The third part examines in greater detail objections and replies to the concept of licensing parents. Does everyone have the right to have children? Should contraception ever be mandatory? Should prenatal abuse be criminalized?
The informed debate on these and many other perplexing questions presented in this stimulating book will help to clarify this increasingly important issue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591020943
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Peg Tittle (Sundridge, Ontario, Canada) taught applied ethics for several years at Nipissing University, in North Bay, Ontario, and has worked with children and adolescents in various capacities. She is a columnist for The Philosophers' Magazine online philosophy cafe and the author of Ethical Issues in Business: Inquiries, Cases,and Readings and What If? Collected Thought Experiments in Philosophy.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
I. Parenting 49
1. Proposals 49
Licensing Parents 51
A National Parenting Policy 64
A Policy of Parent Licensing 83
Parenthood Training or Mandatory Birth Control: Take Your Choice 90
2. Assessment 99
Licensing Parents: How Feasible? 101
Custody Evaluations: A Realistic View 115
Adoption and the Parental Screening System 119
Reproductive Rights and Access to the Means of Reproduction 130
II. Parentage 141
1. Genetic Disease 141
Can Having Children Be Immoral? 143
Implications of Prenatal Diagnosis for the Human Right to Life 157
2. Genetic Control 165
The Ethics of Genetic Control: Some Answers 167
Debunking the Slippery Slope Argument against Human Germ-Line Gene Therapy 176
Reproductive Rights and Genetic Disease 190
Parents and Genetic Counselors: Moral Issues 194
III. Objections and Replies 209
1. Do We Have a Right to "Have Children"? 209
Procreative Liberty 211
The Moral Bases of a Right to Reproductive Freedom 224
Is There a Natural Right to Have Children? 230
Having Children: Introduction 233
Sterilization of the Mentally Severely Handicapped: A Violation of the Right to Have Children? 243
The Right to Procreate: When Rights Claims Have Gone Wrong 250
2. Is Legislation the Best Response? 254
Norplant, Forced Contraception, and Irresponsible Reproduction 256
The Mythology of Family Planners 281
Genetic Engineering: Goals and Controls 300
Inescapable Eugenics 304
Arguments in Favor and against Legally Requiring a Pregnant Woman to Act in the Interests of Her Future Child 309
Arguments against Licensing Parents 333
Epilogue 357
Notes on the Contributors 361
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