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The Duty of Obligation In this paper I will show the circumstances under which parents have a stronger obligation to care for their children in accordance with Lockes concept of tacit consent I will also describe the certain conditions in which children should obey their parents using the idea of Rawls fair play When a couple decides to have a child they are agreeing to be responsible for the life they bring into the world According to Locke the conditions for tacit consent begin with being aware of the situation and the consequences Secondly there must be a period of consideration available Thirdly the consequences of not accepting cannot be detrimental Therefore when a couple has sex knowing that they run the risk of pregnancy they are aware of the situation When a couple finds out that the woman is pregnant and they talk about possible outcomes this suffices a consideration period and provides a reasonable way to express objections For the third requisite the couple only has two options They can choose to have the baby or they can choose to have an abortion The option they choose depends on which outcome would be most detrimental to them personally For example a 13 year-old girl who gets pregnant might feel that being pregnant could jeopardize her life in a social or educational aspect She may feel it is more detrimental than another person who is in the same situation but does not believe in abortion Locke would suggest the best decision would be the most moral one Thus let us assume the couple has the child but cannot provide for it Imagine that they were young did not have a steady income and had no place to live so they gave the child up for adoption Locke would argue that this is the most moral alternative for the couple The child has a right from the parents to receive the basic means to
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