Life continues. It was very good to whinge about being an… - Sally's Journal
|Date:||June 1st, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)|| |
I think that raising a child is not a basic right and that I don't see why I should pay for other people to do so. So yes, take away the children.
About sterilisation - there is this choice 'have baby, not have baby' and whilst 'I am temporerally not having a baby' is something you can change to 'I would like a baby now' neither 'I am sterilised' nor 'I have a baby' is reversible. I am told that I will 'change my mind' about not wanting a baby, but clearly if I do have a baby I will not 'change my mind' and decide that it is the most horrid thing ever. The world believes that a 12 year old has the nouse to decide to have a baby (and not use condoms, get an abortion, put it up for adoption) and will not decide to hate it... which is clearly ludicrous.
I agree that having children isn't a basic right - my problems are (1) how you work out which parents are 'deserving' - I'm not sure I'd trust social workers, or courts or civil servants or whoever to make that decision, (2) whether there would be enough adoptive parents to look after all the children thus taken away - I could imagine the state ending up paying for them anyway (though if we banned IVF, or at least stopped it from being available on the NHS, that would help) and (3) (which is similar to (1)) there would almost certainly be some children taken away from their parents who would have thrived with them.
re. sterilization - who cares what 'the world' believes? It's better to be inconsistent and sometimes right than consistently wrong. We agree that they're wrong about sterilization, but that has no bearing on whether they're wrong about 12-year-olds keeping their babies.
The world is wrong about sterilization