This is a letter taken from Conscious Choice from a reader responding to an article advising women who were having a hard time conceiving on ways to potentially increase their chances of doing so:
"Giving birth to your own child in America is one of the most selfish, wasteful things you can ever do. 500,000 children are in foster care or orphaned in the United States right now. Overpopulation is causing foodlessness and environmental disaster everywhere we look.
"Your magazine just gave the green light to breeding, and even tactics to outwit Mother Nature's best population control device: infertility.
-Uterus-free vegan, Chicago
(letter taken, ironically, from Conscious Choice, July 2008 issue)
My dream response:
Dear Uterus-Free Vegan,
First, let me tell you how very, VERY thankful you have chosen NOT to procreate. THANK YOU! There are more than enough self-important, know-it-all jerks running around already; and knowing at least one militant ass bloodline will be ending when you die is truly a comfort. By the by, how many children have you adopted to date? I'm guessing zero.
It is true that there are over 500,000 children in foster care in the US alone; and over 51 million unwanted children born annually worldwide. It would be outstanding if loving homes could be found for all of these children, and I do seriously wish more people would consider adoption. But the problem is much larger than finding a few good homes. The problem is not that people are unwilling to adopt, the problem is there are too many women having children that they do not want
Your phrase "gives a green light to breeding" I find especially charming. Humans are animals designed to "breed," (did you miss fifth grade health? Perhaps you were out with the chicken pox that week?) but that does NOT imply that one has to "overcome" that instinct to attain, I don't know, enlightenment? A non-animal state? Whatever nirvana you have envisioned in your twisted, selfish little mind.
Many women or couples are unable to have children but that inability does not quench their desire to have children of their own. The fact that they have options, options to bring VERY WANTED CHILDREN into the world, is not a "tactic to outwit mother nature" but a tactic to make mothers of very deserving, very loving people who otherwise couldn't experience motherhood. I know I'm deliberately "missing" your point, but that's because your point is ignorant and selfish to the extreme. Adopting a foster child is an amazing act of selflessness and love, but many couples have reservations concerning adoption, or, simply, they (very naturally) want to have their own children. It's more than just an instinct to want one's own child - a living, breathing embodiment of love incarnate.
(put that in your enlightened pipe and smoke it)
You obviously think you know everything. You think people should ignore their instincts and their feelings and do things "for the greater good," but in reality you're an arrogant, self-important, hate-filled, selfish person who gives a terrible name to those of us who call ourselves "pro-choice." Because we mean that - Pro-Choice. That includes the choice of going to whatever means possible to have a child.
That you want.
And that you will love.
Many women I know DO want children of their own, and this is absolutely awesome. NO woman who wants to have her own child/children should EVER be told they are being selfish. Women who have children they do not want - especially those who have several kids they have no interest in raising, leaving the children to raise eachother; or leaving them to the State or a family member (usually gramma) to raise for them - should be talked to.
But not by you. Because you are an idiot.
You sign yourself "uterus-free". So...you're free of your uterus? Are you a man? Have you had a complete hysterectomy? Because the fact that your uterus is unoccupied is not freedom. I sense a self-loathing here that is indeed well-placed.