Should mentally ill people be allowed to have children?
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Depending on the severity of the case, people with mental illnesses are mostly incapable of taking care of others, especially children. In the case of neglectful parenting, the State´ social services intervene and regulates the tenency of the children. Should this public interference apply also to people diagnosed with a certain type of mental illness? How to establish objective parameters in order not to incur in injustices?
Mentally ill people should be allowed to have children[edit | edit source]
Relevant details, definitions and assumptions regarding the first possibility.
- Argument for Every human being, regardless of their condition, should be able to choose their path in life, including having or not having children.
- Objection If a person is unable to take care of children they should not be allowed to have children.
- Objection Mentally ill people might do all forms of abuse on the children.
- Objection Not everybody is capable of making informed choices.
- Argument against Sick people —especially mentally ill ones— have no right to force their illness on someone else by having children.
- Objection Not all mental illnesses are inherited.