Think before you breed

People are still expected to provide reasons not to have children, but no reasons are required to have them. It’s assumed that if individuals do not have children it is because they are infertile, too selfish or have just not yet gotten around to it. In any case, they owe their interlocutor an explanation. On the other hand, no one says to the proud parents of a newborn, Why did you choose to have that child? What are your reasons? The choice to procreate is not regarded as needing any thought or justification.

Christine Overall
(Canadian philosopher)

After thinking long and hard, Christine decided that she wanted to experience motherhood. Then she became not only a mother but also an advocate for conscious motherhood, which I find incredibly beautiful and inspiring. She is the author of the article “Think before you breed“, published in 2012 on the New York Times, from where I took the quote above.

 

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