Why is the age limit to have children 30 years old? Can’t women give birth into their fifties?

Research has found that women in their thirties “may be at increased risk for miscarriage, birth defects, and pregnancy complications” [1] and that “[c]hildren of older fathers … showed a 13 fold higher risk of developing attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a 25 times greater chance of getting bipolar disorder, and twice the risk of developing a psychosis” [2].

Additionally, children born to older parents risk being forced into caregiver roles [3, 4 ] and/or losing their parents at a younger than average age [5].

While a certain amount of risk is inherent in even the most ideal of reproductive cases, the avoidance of known elevated risks to children takes precedence over the personal wishes of prospective parents.

Having a child is biological right. Why does the government think it can regulate my reproductive life?

Reproduction is a biological ability. The Fourteenth amendment to the Constitution guarantees,

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

A potential child as a future citizen must be afforded the same rights and protections as those once reserved solely for adoptive children, whose hopeful guardians were required to:

  • be at least 21 years of age, financially stable, and responsible mature adults
  • complete an application
  • share information regarding their background and lifestyle
  • provide relative and non-relative references
  • show proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable)
  • agree to a home study which includes visits with all household members
  • allow staff to complete a criminal history background check and an abuse/neglect check on all adults in the household
  • attend free training to learn about issues of abused and neglected children [6]

Any citizen between the ages of 18 and 30 may apply for a license to parent. That right will not be infringed upon.

Because finances are one of the considerations, doesn’t this system unfairly favor the wealthy?

Those without the means (to include the lack of Family Care Plan financial support) to bear the expense of feeding, clothing, and caring medically for their child(ren) will be denied a license.

However, those with the financial means may also be denied a license for reasons unrelated to finances.

All components of the evaluation are weighed evenly in order to ensure the best possible scenario for the child.