More humans (especially with mothers who don’t want to birth them) would not be a societal good right now.

So even if we framed the current “debate” that way, I don’t think it would change the answer about what’s right.

That is an interesting parallel, though: handmaid and military draft. I totally see it. (I’m against both.)

In a hard-to-imagine future where we actually really needed people to breed in order to keep having humans (not just to have more offspring than prior generations to do jobs for retirees), we could better incentivize having kids. I would have been open to doing it more than once if money wasn’t a struggle. I wanted to be a paid surrogate but haven’t because my husband is very against it. And I donated eggs (the couple miscarried anyway) when I was paid to do so. There is so much that could be done with positive rewards rather than forcing. Not that we need more people.

Good to see we have some common ground.

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