Yes, parenting should require both a license and mandatory parenting courses.
Yes, parenting courses only.
Yes, license only.
No to either.
If a couple, considering all of the reproductive/parenting options available, rules out adoption simply because they want to have a little mini-me, that is in questionable moral ground if the majority of couples choose this route, considering the sheer amount of children who need a home.
If a couple, considering all of the reproductive/parenting options available, rules out adoption simply because they want to have a little mini-me AND they knowingly have poor genetics that have a high likelihood of producing offspring *severe* psychological/physiological issues (things like down syndrome or more serious inherited issues), then that couple is in my opinion acting selfishly.
Well there are certainly reasons for it, and it would help us in a lot of ways, but no. It's too "Orwellian" to do this.
People can decide if my points are valid, and no one forces you to respond "night after night" if it's not something you enjoy.
The fact that you actually brought this up is... I'm speechless
I have never been more for and against something all at the same time.
Playing god...every living thing on earth "plays God" to some extent when they choose to reproduce, I don't really see a problem with this as long as we are doing a reasonable job of taking care of ourselves and the earth.
Hell yes. Humans breed like fucking rabbits, the population has grown a hundred times through just the last century and continues to grow exponentially, while most of human being are useless pieces of shit, full of swag or other bullshit. Driving requires a license, applying to a university requires a test, handling a gun requires checks and licenses, but the most important thing there is, procreation and parenting, requires to just stick a dick into a vagina? Brilliant. Although I can see the logic behind "breed more consumers" or "produce more worker bees".
"A NAME IS A CLOAK OF LETTERS THROWN UPON A MAN. IT MEANS NOTHING." - Transcendent One, Planescape: Torment.
I think parenting courses should be encouraged, but not required. Have the doctor who confirms pregnancy offer pamphlets and maybe offer to get the expecting parent(s) in touch with a seminar or something, but leave the ultimate decision up to the parent(s) in question. If they turn out to be poor parents (as in, abusive or neglectful), that's what Child Services is for (and their track record is another subject entirely, be it good or ill). I've seen some of the most-unexpected people turn into the best parents, and people I was sure would be phenomenal parents turn out to be less than desirable parents. I would never for a second think I have the right to decide who can or cannot breed and be a parent, and can't fathom anyone else who could lay claim to that right where it lays on the ground until they demonstrate poor parenting. Innocent until proven guilty, after all, is supposedly the US's credo.