ERIC Number: ED104537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
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Equal Opportunity for Children (A Proposal for Licensed Parenthood).
Rogers, Cosby S.; Hicks, Mary W.
A theoretical proposal for a government-sponsored system of licensed parenthood is suggested, based on the premise that overpopulation, child abuse, and emotional, intellectual, and physical handicaps in children could be controlled through legislation. The three-part legislative proposal for licensed parenthood outlined would include: (1) mandatory birth control, (2) application for parenthood, and (3) a screening process for license applicants. Screening procedures would be based on providing an optimal environment for children, and include an evaluation of the prospective parents on the following criteria: genetic make-up, emotional readiness, motivation, intellectual capacity, financial security, knowledge of parent-craft skills, and the nutritional and physiological fitness of the mother. The feasibility of this proposal is discussed and an alternative plan which allows final decisions to be made by prospective parents themselves after counseling is included. (CS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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