Arch Dis Child 90:782-783 doi:10.1136/adc.2004.064493
  • Controversy

Parenthood should not be regarded as a right

  1. M Maclean
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr M Maclean
    Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy, Department of Social Policy, 32 Wellington Square, Oxford OX2 1ER, UK;


    In September 2004 the BBC broadcast a debate in the Straw Poll series about whether parenthood should be regarded as a right. The motion was carried by a large majority both among the audience present at the recording, and among listeners who were invited to telephone in with their votes, and views at a subsequent feedback programme. The arguments are presented here, in order to stimulate debate among readers.


    • Competing interests: none declared