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Re: I agree.
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:57pm

But if biology does not allow truly equal authority, then it should not result in equal responsibility.


And that is where the problem lies. Both parents, who are responsible and decent and love their child(ren) most often (and generally speaking) want equal authority/say over the child, how it is raised, cared for, etc, for obvious reasons. . . . how do we balance the scales between the parents?

So if in the interest of fairness and equality, we as a society believe that the father *should* have just as much rights/authority over the child for both parents are 'equals' and are just as important as the other in the child's life, how do we accomplish this? It's not as if the couple can select who becomes pregnant and takes the health risks.

The obvious is no pregnancy, no child. But many fathers feel that the child is *just as much* his and it is hers. And how the mother conducts herself during pregnancy very well can have a major impact on the child, whether the pregnancy goes to term, whether the child is born as healthy as possible.

Because of the biological difference, is it fair to expect the mother to take on added risk with only having an equal share of the authority? OTOH, is it fair to expect the father to take on equal responsibility, but not have equal authority over, let's say, the pregnancy even though he does not/can not share the equal risk?

On and on its goes.

Unfortunately this has, to a large degree, turned into a genders war. Personally, I don't know how to balance the scale and I question whether they can be balanced because of the differences between male and female biology.

Another thing to consider is the child. What rights does the child that is born to an unlicensed parent have? Do they have any at all? What is fair to the child in this entire situation? Do we remove the child from its biological home because the parents are not licensed and broke the law? Does the child have any rights when it come to knowing and being raised by its biological parents/family? Should the state/society have the right to abort the pregnancy? We are not discussing a child that has been voluntarily released for adoption by the biological parents. We are talking about a child that is forcibly removed from its biological home because the parents broke the law. If you believe the parents should suffer the consequences of their actions, what about the child? Is it morally right to insist the child share the consequences to its parents' action? Or do you believe that the mere act of breaking the law makes a parent unfit to raise a child?

  • I agree.Sprout, Mon Oct 30 10:53am
    Biology is key. But if biology does not allow truly equal authority, then it should not result in equal responsibility.
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