reply to post by ottobot
Your arguments are sound, but, at the same time, there are a category of people who simply don't settle down until later in life due either youthful
irresponsibility (without having children), and/or a strong orientation toward career involvement such that they never form relationships that could
lead to offspring, or make time for finding a mate until they've established security and personal leisure such they feel marriage and raising
children is within their responsible means, as well as those who simply have the dumb luck of never successfully pairing off until later in life.
Putting a foot down, and stating that just because someone is older they've missed their 'chance' to procreate, is absurd.
Everyone should be free to pass on their genes with at least one child.
Sure, there's the emotional argument for the vacancy of an older parent after passing and the points you've made, but, if someone desires to
procreate, if only just one child, why deny anyone such just because their age?
Should everyone whelp out half a dozen squalling brats in their youth and live off of government subsidy just to ensure they've successfully qualified
for genetic immortality through their children in a race to beat some clock?
Yong parents can die just like older parents. Young parents are increasingly more so single parents. Young parents can be irresponsible and either
run off with different partners abandoning their previous offspring, or engage in youthful risks like drunk driving on a night out to blow off steam
away from the kids that cuts one, or even both young parents out or leaving the children to care for massively debilitated parents.
There's lots of what-ifs on both ends of the spectrum.
No one should be denied the chance to have at least one child, regardless their age, so long as they're of legal age.
If anything, people should be restricted from having too many children.
People having 3, 4, 5, 6, or even more children are a greater plague on the earth, drain on resources, contribution toward over population, and larger
example of irresponsibility than anything related to older people desiring to have a child.
No one should be denied having a child.
Too many children, on the other hand, now, that's an issue that should be addressed.
edit on 30-9-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)