Is procreation inherently immoral?
by Philip Yaffe
I have never had children. I have raised a child, a boy from my wife’s first marriage; however, I have never created one of my own. It’s not that I don’t like children. It’s just that I have never felt the need to project my genes down the corridors of time.
People sometimes ask me if I regret never having had any children of my own, and the answer is still “no”. However, a related question has been niggling at me for some time: Is there any moral justification for having children in the first place? In other words, is procreation inherently immoral?
I haven’t dared ask this of any of my friends and acquaintances for fear of their (probably intemperate) reaction. So to research the question myself, I entered “morality of having children” into an Internet search engine. I was disappointed by