• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Every adult has the right to become a parent. Discuss

Extracts from this document...


Every adult has the right to become a parent. Discuss 10. There are many different arguments for and against this claim, from many different theorists in religion. One argument that supports this claim is that any adult should have the right to a child if they are financially, mentally and physically stable. Furthermore the natural law approach would support this statement under certain conditions, such as if the parents were married and in the case of IVF and embryo research, they would be against this as it involves the destruction of embryo's, they see this as completely wrong. It also sees the involvement of a third party (such as the donation of an egg or sperm, to create a child) as an attack on marriage and the sanctity of this union. ...read more.


Also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that everyone has the right to marry and found a family "Article 16. (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution". Marriage according to Christian Ethics, is the setting for reproduction, this would create the argument, that everyone does have the right to be a parent. However, many other theorists reject this claim, as they would say that some rights other than that of a parent should be considered, especially those of the child, if the adults in question was for example a Paedophile and had these tendencies, then many would reject their so called 'right' to a child. ...read more.


in reference to Kant's Practical Imperative, which would reject this claim as he would argue that we should treat others with respect and dignity i.e. not treating them instrumentally "that which constitutes the condition under which alone anything can be an end in itself, this has not merely relative worth, that is, value, but an intrinsic worth, that is, dignity". Furthermore the Christian perspective, that a child is a blessing and gift from God (rather than a right), would further reject this claim. In conclusion, I believe the statement is wrong, as in my belief a child is a gift and not a right. If you bring a child into the world, you have a moral responsibility to care and look after the child and so to say a child is a right would take away this responsibility. ?? ?? ?? ?? Georgina McDonald ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Practical Questions section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Practical Questions essays

  1. Does everyone have a right to a child?

    The Catholic Church nevertheless is concerned with it because, some theologians consider this to be a replacement of the marital act, and therefore immoral. Egg Donation This may be necessary for a number of reasons if the female partner; * If the female has no ovaries * Too many miscarriages

  2. Consider the arguments for and against paid organ donation.

    systems, such as blood donation, because people would no longer feel obliged to donate without a payment. To strengthen my argument against paid organ donation, there are many other negative effects that could be created from such a system. To start with, a paid system could encourage exploitation of less

  1. Should we have a right to die?

    well, but as it is your life at risk you should really prioritise your wants. On the other hand, euthanasia could possibly entail responsibilities. This is what Rowan Williams stated in his article. Considering euthanasia wouldn't necessarily mean that you would be deciding the outcome.

  2. What is right and wrong is a widely opinionated discrepancy among the human race

    This means that there are still going to be "fundamental disagreements" among societies due to the fact that there are different practices under the same moral principle. Which one is acceptable solely depends on which culture you are from and where it is practiced.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work