I am looking at the impact of family structure on income and wealth inequality – a topic that the Left will not touch – and I came across this directive (see below) from the American Academy of Paediatricians.
I was reminded of my dad, who was an old-fashioned paediatrician who always placed the welfare of the child at the centre of his concerns but was cautious about clinical intervention.
Recall that he was the man who rose to speak against the motion that a group be established ‘Paediatricians against Nuclear War’ by posing the question: are there any paediatricians for nuclear war?
Recall also the Australian Institute of Family Studies report – I think it was 2011 – that established that marriage has a positive impact on children’s learning and development. Needless to say, the rationalisations quickly followed – married couples are better educated, married couples are more likely to be employed, married couples are better off financially. In other words, nothing to do with being married per se. Sure, I thought.
Read the following and weep:
A recent report from the official journal of the American Academy of Paediatrics entitled Marriage and the Well-Being of Children, contains the following statement.
“Importantly, we affirm the state’s vital role in promoting children’s well-being,” the abstract states.
“We question, however, the approach of delegitimising certain relationships as a means to that end. Instead, we argue, the state should encourage and support individuals who want to care for children, presume that any couple or individual is capable of adequate child-rearing, and ensure that all adults who are raising children (whether married or not) have the material resources and support necessary to be good parents.
“Such a policy would (1) set a reasonable minimal threshold for state recognition, (2) be vigilant in identifying cases falling below this threshold, and then (3) either assist or disqualify underperforming arrangements.
“It would also, appropriately, decouple arguments about legitimate and illegitimate types of relationships from arguments about what is best for children.”