I was just being prepped for a TV segment on “No Children, No Guilt” (and being a childfree woman) by being hit with an excellent barrage of questions that included the following angles of attack:
– most of the country is religious and abides by the biblical doctrine to procreate, so doesn’t it make sense the childfree would be scrutinized?
[68% of Catholics use birth control, and when it comes to the Bible, people play its rules pretty loosey-goosey based on what’s convenient at the time. Take the judgment from religious people, for example.]
– does your husband feel the same way?
[It’s safe to assume that someone who is married to someone who doesn’t want children feels the same way. Or close enough.]
– what about population decline and the economy?
[The population has consistently been rising since 1970 (and well before that) by about 10 to 20 million per year.1970 – 203,302,031 / 1980 – 226,542,199 / 1990 – 248,709,873 / 2000 – 281,421,906 / 2010 – 307,745,538 / 2013 – 313.9]
– isn’t it selfish to not even adopt?
[Does this also apply to people who actually want children and have their own instead of adopting?]
– is it possible that you sense something in yourself or your family history, like illness or disease, that prevents you from wanting to pass it on?
[Anything is possible. However, no. But others do opt out of being parents because they don’t want to pass something on.]
– do you think you’ll ever be sorry?
It was only PREP and I felt myself getting that angry adrenaline. I’m certainly prepared now, though. Yowza.