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Ann Farmer’s thought for today: Tragedy of the child-free generation


According to ONS figures, the proportion of women who never have children has doubled in a generation, and they are increasingly likely to postpone decisions about whether to have children until it may be biologically too late (Telegraph, November 25, 2017).

The best things in life are free, but successive governments have made children expensive and feminists have portrayed them as drags on personal liberty – a view embraced by the ONS, which attributes the decline to ‘greater social acceptability of a child-free lifestyle’.

Certainly it appears acceptable to those in power for women to be verging on middle age before they have even one child. Thanks to the exorbitant cost of housing, women cannot afford to give up work to have a family, and government offers of ‘free’ childcare are actually subsidised by the taxes of working women. While sounding family-friendly, they serve to underline the feminist message that women are trapped in inequality by their children; and the feminist message helps to facilitate the population control agenda, which has always been to get women into paid work so that they delay having children and thus have fewer, or possibly none at all.

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Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Movement (Catholic University of America, 2008).

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