Do parents "own" their children?
I was listening to a radio discussion about vaccinating children on our national broadcaster. A doctor said that he considered vaccination to be effective and important in preventing measles epidemics but that parents should be able to choose whether or not to have their children vaccinated because they "owned" their children. So he thought property rights should trump public health, not because the parents objected to vaccination but because their property rights ie ownership of their children should be honored.
I nearly fell off my chair when i heard him use that word "owned". But maybe lots of parents feel that way but few would be so blatant as this doctor was in saying it. Maybe those aged parents treat their caregiver children so badly because they regard them as property and no longer have the brain cells to be subtle about it.
What do you think?