Should parenting be licensed?

Should parenting be licensed?
Most people think its obvious that we have a right to procreate and raise children. In fact, many people think reproductive rights are among the most important rights we have… However, undertaking to raise a child is an act with vast consequences, for good or illfar greater than those that result from driving a car, for example. Yet society requires a license to make certain that people are at least capable of driving safely, let alone practice medicine and law or give psychological counseling. Why, then, shouldnt parenting be an activity that also requires a license or some sort of assurance of minimal competence, as much as driving or counseling should be?1
In his article Licensing Parents, Hugh LaFollette suggests that we should require a license for activities that: (1) have a high potential to harm innocent people, (2) require some competence to perform, and where we (3) have a generally reliable method for determining that competence beforehand. Driving a car, for example, meets all three of these conditions. So we require a person to obtain a license before she can legally drive a car. Likewise we require a person to obtain a license when a person seeks to purchase a gun, to perform surgery, or to practice law. Imagine a world in which everyone could legally drive a car, in which everyone could legally perform surgery, prescribe medications, dispense drugs, or offer legal advice without a license. Such a world would hardly be desirable.2
Based on these considerations, LaFollette argues that parenting too meets all three of these conditions. Parenting
(1) has a high potential to harm innocent peoplechildren, in this case, e.g. child neglect, child abuse, etc.
(2) seems to require competence to performthere is good parenting and bad parenting.
(3) has a generally reliable method for determining that competenceexperts of social and human services can prepare a test, both theoretical and practical, to measure
ones competence to be a parent, e.g., a test on basics of child care, nourishment, etc.
Therefore, LaFollette argues, parents should obtain a parent license before having a child
as much as drivers and doctors should do before they drive or perform surgery.
Question: What do you think about LaFollettes argument? Do you agree or disagree
with him, and why? Do you think parenting is an activity like driving or psychological counseling? Even if raising a child requires some sort of competence, as LaFollette argues, does this automatically require licensing? What about having a child? Does having a child require any sort of competence, let alone a license? Dont forget that if we adopt Lafollettes proposal, many people will be denied having a child unless they past the test. Do you think having a child should require a prior test or education?
Please write a critical essay on LaFollettes argument (1500 words minimum). In your essay please specify whether you agree or disagree with LaFollettes conclusion. And then please tell me your reasons. Please tell why this argument is good or bad according to you. Dont forget that you dont need to read LaFollettes essay. The information given you above is enough. Focus on it, try to find reasons why it is a good or bad idea. You can benefit from any source that is relevant (our textbook or any other source), as long as you give reference, to support your position.
Dont forget to put a title, your name and page numbers. You should give references as footnotes whenever you are quoting from other resources including our textbook.
Before writing your essay, please check the section Some Guidelines for Writing Philosophy Papers in our textbook (p. Ii-Iiv).
Remember that you are writing research papers so it would be better if you refer to at least one or two sources. I suggest using high quality online sources (the Stanford

Encyclopedia of Philosophy or the New York Times would qualify as an appropriate source, Wikipedia or your friends blog does not). If you take anything from a web site or book you must put it in quotes and then give a footnote. You should have full references on the footnote. These should be in the following format:
Authors last name, authors first name. (Year). Name of the Book, Publisher Information: Page numbers. .
Authors last name, authors first name. (Year). Article or Chapter Title, in Book or Journal Title. Volume and Issue Number or Publisher Information: Page numbers. .