One of the needs for society is to make sure that parents are assuming financial responsibility for their children. The use of surrogates and test tube fertilized eggs should give us all cause to pause. The desire of those born without genetic endowments as females to have children at the public’s expense should also be questioned. True paternity needs to be touted not avoided. Unless a father steps forward in a male/female union to acknowledge paternity for his child, the courts should mandate paternity for all reported births.
Paternity/Maternity/Parental legal responsibility should be done before any governmental support is awarded.
Surprisingly, the liable party is not always evident as Jerry Springer, Judge Faith and other television pandering shows reveal. The road to socialism is cluttered with thousands of children whose parents have abandoned their accountability for their progeny feeling it is okay to have as many children as they want whether or not they support them. The Kardashians, as well as many facets of the sports and entertainment industries with an ample assist from the media, glamorize the lifestyles of the rich and fertile revealing multiple children by many different partners as if this is or should be the norm. This is closely followed by those believing it is the government’s job to support them, their desire to have children, and their children in a lifestyle they wish whether or not they are contributing meaningfully to such. And don’t forget the millions of children in the child sex abuse pipeline peddled and sold for the pleasure of others.
In the domestic courts it is still sickening to see the numbers of men who have abandoned their responsibility to their offspring in neither wanting to give them their name or help feed and care for their children. Run away dads still remain an epidemic compounded by the lack of due consideration of men in custody hearings.
The rising numbers of mothers desiring to have a child without a partner fails to appreciate the financial burden and physical and mental toil such can cause. On the other hand are those who don’t want children or who want to control their own fertility thinking abortion as a right should be a no harm no foul situation? The cause of Reproductive Rights can quickly be diminished by evidence of reproductive wrongs from such undertakings understanding that women alone should not bear the responsibility for continuing the race.
It is ironic that in a population extolling the fact that black lives matter, reports now point to the fact that there are more black babies aborted than born. It should also not be lost on people of color that a part of the Bernie Sanders 2020 Environmental Platform is his position that population control must start with the poorest of the poor in other nations and likely here while industrialized nations exploit natural resources, buy extravagant gas guzzlers, dine high on the food chain and increasingly put global welfare at risk. This and the CRISPr move to designer babies says eugenics here we go again.
The freedom to choose whether or not to have children does not begin at conception but represents a leap to responsible thinking about future choices for self and nations. The projection of a pending 11 billion person global burden can’t be ignored. It is past time we quit thinking that children are a right when our biologic clocks quit ticking or blood lines diminish to near family ancestoral extinction.
It is not okay to spend other people’s money just because we believe we are due a thing out of fairness or it’s our turn to have all the children we want without appreciating the problems being created.
Ada M. Fisher, MD, MPH is a licensed teacher, retired physician, former county school board member, speaker, author of Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Good for What Ails Us Book 1 (available through Amazon. Com) and is the NC Republican National Committeewoman.