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Parenthood should be regarded as a right

Boivin, Jacky ORCID: and Pennings, G. 2005. Parenthood should be regarded as a right. Archives of Disease in Childhood 90 (8) , pp. 784-785. 10.1136/adc.2004.064485

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The experience of parenthood is considered to be central to individual identity and to the life plan of most people in most societies. There are many reasons for wanting children: to give and receive love, as an expression of the couple’s unity, to give meaning or add value to one’s life, for the enjoyment or pleasure of children, to carry on the family name, to be like other friends, to give in to family pressure, to pass on one’s genes to the next generation, or even for the material benefits that children can bring, for example for help in old age or governmental assistance. 1 Although some motives are more common than others and some are perceived as morally better than others, there is consensus that when it comes to having children people have the liberty to choose when, whether, and how many children to have. This right to found a family is considered to be of such importance that it is recognised as a basic human right (Article 16 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Article 12 of the Human Rights Act).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0003-9888
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 22:01

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