Every human would be involuntarily sterilized or fed birth control from infancy. Becoming a parent would require a license that could only be obtained after going through a rigorous batch of qualifying exams. Parenthood would be a privelege granted only to the worthy, NOT a right of anyone with functional genitals. All unlicensed pregnancies would be terminated immediately. No appeal would be possible.
Licensed parents who proved incapable of the task of parenting properly would have their children removed immediately, and would be unable to get another license, ever. The children would be given to people who qualified for a parenting license, but proved incapable of producing children biologically.
Aren't you all glad I'm *not* Empress of the Earth?
In the real world, no, I don't think the government should have a say in how a woman proceeds through childbirth. That's up to the woman--it is her body and her choice. At the point of birth, as far as I am concerned, the mother's opinions and life are more valuable than the infant's. She should be free to do with them what she will.
Do you always do what other people tell you to do? Do you think doctors "know everything"?
Here we have these two stories from the inital post:
In Salt Lake City, an acknowledged cocaine addict with a history of mental health problems resisted having the operation for about two weeks before acquiescing. One of the twins she was carrying died during the delay. The mother was charged with capital murder but ultimately pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of child endangerment. She was sentenced to probation.
In April, prosecutors in Pittsburgh charged an unlicensed midwife with involuntary manslaughter for failing to take a woman to the hospital when her baby began to be delivered feet-first. The child died two days later. The midwife said she had been trying to honor the mother's wishes to have the baby at home.