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23 September 2010 @ 01:52 pm
Writer's Block: You and me and baby makes three  
Do you think having children is a fundamental human right? Should there should be any restrictions?

I was just discussing this with a friend of mine last night. There's a group of people who feel that the world is overpopulated and everyone should make the decision to not have children of their own. They have a little chart on their website with "every" reason why anyone would "justify" having kids, and then they proceed to explain that every single reason is selfish in motivation.
I can't remember the name of this group, mostly because I don't care what they think.

They neglected one major reason to have children. Love.

I believe that every woman has the right to choose whether or not she wants to have children. I don't believe that any group has the right to force women to have, or not have, kids of her own. Having been pregnant, however, I can't imagine how someone could feel a baby growing inside her and choose to terminate that life. But that's my personal reaction. Not everyone is like me.

There's an activist, Michael Arth, who believes that we should institute a system of birth credits, where women would be rewarded with money for choosing not to have children, and anyone wanting to start a family would need to buy the right to have kids of their own. He also proposes that people who violate this stupid rule (and yes, it is stupid) would be jailed or have to pay a fine. Possibly both.
Aside from the myriad of obvious reasons that this is definitely the wrong approach... what about women who have been raped? Should they be in trouble for not being sterile? Wouldn't every woman that violates this decidedly misogynistic approach to population control start saying they were raped to avoid going to prison? 

Research has been done that has proven that women actually don't need men to have children of their own. Sperm can be made from bone marrow.

I believe that population control could be done in a different way. There are many cities that are overpopulated, and a lot of places that aren't. If people had motivation to relocate themselves to the less-populated areas, it might even balance out our economy. Smaller towns and cities that have small businesses would get more customers, for one thing.

I'm straying off the topic here, a little. Isn't this question really more about overpopulation and less about how awesome kids are? Did I read this question incorrectly?