Monday, January 15, 2007

Solution to The Birth Dearth ???,2933,243705,00.html

With birth and fertility rates plummeting to below-replacement levels --- around the world --- the Louise Brown solution, coupled with "baby farming" may be the only way to keep from (almost) "going out of business."

(Pic of one baby carriage in a crowded street.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Louise Brown solution is not part of the solution to the Birth Dearth, and here's why: "test tube" fertilization is only useful for women who can't have children. The vast majority of child-bearing age women are fertile and should have no need to avail themselves of this technology. The reason why fertility rates are plummeting has a lot to do with the fact that more and more women simply do not want children, or are delaying their first pregnancies until much later in life and are having fewer children as a result.

As for baby farming, well, it certainly would be a way to create large numbers of babies, but who would raise them? The state? That's a prescription for disaster, not a solution. People have to not only want to have children, but they have to have the desire to raise them, to keep societies around the globe from "going out of business."

Baby farming and test tube babies are only a solution for Aldus Huxley's "Brave New World." I don't think we're anywhere near that point, nor would we want that to be our "solution."

January 17, 2007  

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