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Licensing Parents Hugh LaFollete Would the licensing of parents be morally right and theoretically possible According to Hugh LaFollette in his essay Licensing Parents it is and would be both right and possible to do so I will attempt to argue LaFollettes point by using the different scenarios and analogies presented in his essay I will also be looking at the different objections to LaFollettes proposal and his rebuttal to each one I will then show why I am in agreement with LaFollette and his belief that there is a need for some type of licensing program when it comes to raising children In LaFollettes essay Licensing Parents he argues that all people should be required to go through some sort of licensing program before they are able to have children and then raise them The goal of his essay is to show that it makes perfect sense to instate such a program and that it would actually be possible to put this program into use The first thing LaFollette does to show that it is logical for a program of this nature to be used is he compares parental licensing to other forms of licensing in use today We require automobile operators to have licenses We forbid people from practicing medicine law pharmacy or psychiatry unless they have satisfied certain licensing requirementsLaFollette 522 There is a reason that America requires its citizens to acquire licenses for driving medicine and law This reason is to protect innocent people from being harmed by incompetent people who are not skilled in these areas Imagine a world in which everyone could legally drive a car in which everyone could legally perform surgery prescribe medications dispense drugs or offer legal advice Such a world would hardly be desirableLaFollette 522 So why asks LaFollette should the parenting of a child be any different If two incompetent people decide to have a baby doesnt that baby stand a risk of being
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