Re: Civil liability doesn't work in cases like this

Date:2019-03-07 16:53:34
In Reply To:Re: Civil liability doesn't work in cases like this by Nosferatwo
There's a practical problem with this: that outcomes from birth parents would have to be really bad for them to be worse than outcomes from the foster care system.
Why would the kind of parent matter to the outcome? Bad is bad, regardless of who is in charge.
Don't read too much into "birth parents". Substitute "original parents or guardians".
I'm not sure a criminal offense that leads to children being taken away from misled but otherwise loving parents is a net positive, even if you don't accept the principle of broad parental discretion.
Having a functioning reproductive system doesn't mean you're able to be a good parent. Children are not property. People who aren't up to the job probably shouldn't have their kids, until they figure out how to do it.
The problem with statements like this is that they're principles that are completely unactionable. How do you translate this into policy? Start a pregnancy review board that will decide whether or not you have to get an abortion or not?

Stupid, ignorant, and unprepared people have always had children, and always will. This is a messy fact of life, just like the fact that males can't have abortions. Standing on principle that doesn't align with reality is dumb.

Concretely, what do you suggest that would result in better outcomes than leaving children with mildly irresponsible parents?

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