I thought that this would be a good topic because the definition of the term “parent” is controversial, as there are many issues where the biological parent/parents of a child either choose not to be in the child’s life or are not allowed custody of the child because they do not seem fit to be a parent.
A woman who gives birth is a mother
A woman who gives birth is absent from her child’s life
Therefore, the woman who is absent from her child’s life is a mother
Another argument might suggest:
A child’s caretaker is its mother
A child’s caretaker does not give birth to the child
Therefore, a caretaker who did not birth the child is its mother
Neither argument is factually correct, as the statements are merely opinions and cannot be proven. However, both arguments are valid because the premises accurately add up to the conclusion. Since both arguments are valid and neither can be proven correct, the “right” answer to the question is a harsh topic of debate in custody battles.