Defensive About Not Having Children? Philosopher Says We Have It All Wrong

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“The decision to have children is a profoundly ethical one…” according to philosopher Christine Overall, writing on the opinion page of the New York Times on Father’s Day. She notes that people never ask parents of a newborn why they chose to have a child, but the question is fairly common for those couples who choose not to have children, who are often accused of being selfish. Overall argues that it may be more selfish to have children if the decision is made for the wrong reason, such as to fit in to society, benefit themselves, or to please others.

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