Think about these two families and their situations:
A college sophomore boy, 19, is excited. He gave his 21 year old friend money to buy him a bottle of Smirnoff. His new girlfriend, an 18 year old freshman, is coming over to his dorm room to party with him.
Forty weeks later, his now ex-girlfriend gives birth to a baby. She drops out of college and moves home with her parents to take care of it. The sophomore boy struggles to continue his college education as he now has child support payments. Neither one of them wants to or knows how to be a parent.
Across town, a husband and wife want to have kids badly, but tried for years without success. He works as a engineer in the aerospace industry, and she is a nurse. Both are in their mid 30s, with a healthy financial situation. They begin fertility treatments, each of which cost thousands of dollars… And some of them stretch into tens of thousands of dollars. This couple views it as a worthwhile investment to have a family.
Which of these couples should be required by law to undergo psychological screenings? Which couple needs extra batteries of medical tests? Which couple needs to sign extensive legal paperwork showing they understand what they are doing?
Neither family should be required by law to undergo this. For the young couple, all of this is simply too late… They did not plan the pregnancy, but now it is here.
The older couple needing fertility treatment already has to commit a ton of time and money into undergoing treatments… They have plenty of time to plan and are fully prepared. Asking this couple to pay for expensive and unnecessary psychological screenings, medical tests, and legal paperwork is discriminatory and harassing.