Should the government put a cap on the number of children people are legally allowed to have?
This question came up on the radio after a tv show about a man with 34 children.
I don't think general rules should apply. In this case, I would prefer to know if he were supporting the children and if he were producing quality people. Is he involved? If he were recklessly reproducing and leaving the children abandoned or in a state that produces broken adult spirits and such then yes, I would stop his production line not because of the amount of children but because he is unqualified to be a parent.
No. I think enforcement of any limitation on offspring would be a nightmare.
No. The average number of kids in a family has gone down over time on its own, and we're seeing more and more people choose not to have any kids at all. Having enough kids to fill a baseball team has become rare.
Plus how would you enforce it? You can't throw the parents in jail because, well, the kids would be without their parents. If you fine them, then you're putting financial stress on a family that clearly needs money to raise more children. If you force sterilization then you're taking the ethics of this question to an entirely new level.
It would be impossible to enact or enforce that type of law.
Even if we had income requirements the fact that people may be laid off and unable to secure employment that paid as well would cause problems.
Maybe the government could provide free vasectomies and tubal ligation surgeries or even pay people $500 to undergo the operations!
That would be a lot cheaper than providing welfare benefits overtime. It's doubtful a man with 34 children has been financially supporting them, providing medical/dental, food, and clothing without governmental help.
There should certainly be a test to see if you are allowed to have children, there are plenty of moronic parents in the world already, and even more moronic people getting ready to have kids. Pretty scary to think about. No idea how they would get people to take the test, let alone stop them from having kids anyway.
Heard of a guy who had several hundred kids. Forgot the name, but I am pretty sure he is the reason sperm banks (which is how he had so many kids) only allow you to donate a certain amount of sperm before they stop accepting.
Yes, controls & determining factors should be implemented as to the socioeconomic, emotional, & psychological fitness of parents. There should be licenses for parenthood as there are too many unqualified people as parents with the deleterious effects of such parents on our societies including juvenile delinquency & other aftereffects requiring psychological/psychiatric care/counselling. If such controls were strictly implemented, social ills/problems would be reduced by 50%-75%. In addition to that, the amount of children a couple could have(if they decide to have children) should be anywhere from 1 to 4 children. Birth control & sterilization should be mandatory after having 4 children.
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