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...and eggs from that of females, and that they can be fertilized to produce viable young.

Djerassi described the idea of being able to access healthy eggs later in life as something set to be a fundamental tool of family planning, and one that will empower women just as the pill has. He talked of female colleagues on tough career trajectories just at the time in their life when they are most fertile, and then on into the years leading into sterility.

It's no coincidence in the decade of our life when we are most biologically capable of reproducing, men and women are also working full steam on their studies or on building their careers. In our 30s, fertility declines - after 35, exponentially so -- and specifically for women. Around age 50, while the rest of our faculties continue functioning beautifully, the ability to reproduce comes to an abrupt stop.

There have recently been a spate of reports and discussions about equality -- the dearth of women in science, on the boards of top companies and of the pay gap that has yet to be bridged, but it is not clear that those taking part in this discussion fully appreciate that in pursuing in parallel the fulfilling goals of education, work and having a family, we are limited by both social and biological barriers.

In achieving the hoped-for 40% of leadership positions being held by women, executive bodies like the European Commission and governments could, for example, legislate interventions like free or cheap childcare in all workplaces.

However, only technology can tackle the biological brick wall of menopause, with all its detrimental effects on a woman's health, and especially at a time when she is likely to live another 50 years in this condition.

In the quest for reproduction, only technology can give same-sex couples the chance of having their own genetic children. If eggs can be made from the stem cells of men, with the advent of an artificial womb (already in use for sharks, in development with mammals and projected to be in use for humans within 100 years), it will also give them an organ they currently have to pay surrogate mothers for the use of.

So if it is to be the egalitarian society that we hope to see for ourselves and our children -- particularly our daughters, and those whose relationships and family choices still find themselves the topic of social and religious debate -- then technology that gives an individual the capability to generate healthy eggs and sperm from his/her own body and allows a baby to be gestated independently could offer us a more ethical option than what we do today.

In our world, girls study just as hard as boys but face far more difficult choices once in the workplace. To make money, poor women from countries like India or the Ukraine "donate" eggs or their wombs, or churches refuse to marry gay couples because they cannot be fruitful and multiply.

Freedom, power, choice? It's the alternative that sounds terrifying to me.


Note that it's the "alternative" to this --- namely, normal natural human procretion --- which "seems terrifying" to author Aarathi Prasad.

I attended (as a spy) a NOW National Convetion a number of years ago, and heard a whole pnael of women agree that the #1 priority of science --- a veritable Manhattan Project --- would be developing a clinical-manufacturing basis for human reproduction, a.s.a.p.

This, because they think that female procreative sexual processes are inherently unjust and incompatible with human equality.

1 posted on 12/21/2012 1:14:06 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
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What a brave new world.


2 posted on 12/21/2012 1:16:07 PM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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In the year 6565

You won't need no husband, won't need no wife

You'll pick your son, pick your daughter too

From the bottom of a long glass tube.

3 posted on 12/21/2012 1:17:59 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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Reproduction without sacrifice, ownership or responsibility.

Oh wait... I think we have that now.

Better to have a case of “little Johnnies” on a shelf somewhere.


5 posted on 12/21/2012 1:20:32 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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Reproduction without sacrifice, ownership or responsibility.

Oh wait... I think we have that now.

Better to have a case of “little Johnnies” on a shelf somewhere.


7 posted on 12/21/2012 1:26:07 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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Can't we just have the State raise them like back in the old Soviet Union?

/s

8 posted on 12/21/2012 1:26:49 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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Sex without reproduction is much more fun!


9 posted on 12/21/2012 1:27:25 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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Around age 50, while the rest of our faculties continue functioning beautifully, the ability to reproduce comes to an abrupt stop.

Maybe there's a reason for that.

Does it really make sense to be trying to put-up with teenagers in our mid-60s (or later)?

10 posted on 12/21/2012 1:27:57 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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tax-payers, but no family...!!!

Now doesn’t that sound WONDERFUL...?

Sometimes The State wishes to teach certain types of thinking; gay-marriage, hate whitey, but BAD FAMILIES oppose that, and often prove troublesome to the best hatched plans.

NOW all that will be SOLVED...!!!


11 posted on 12/21/2012 1:29:21 PM PST by gaijin
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Reproduction without sex, a liberating future

No, actually a future enabling false antichrist doctrines - in this case, allowing governments to forbidding marriage without stopping reproduction but nevertheless bringing about the complete abolition of the family and liquidation of a benevolent society. This is yet another harbinger of the Biblical end of the age.

Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 1 Timothy 4:1-3.

12 posted on 12/21/2012 1:29:21 PM PST by PapaNew
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Who would even want to have children in such a world devoid of love? It would quickly come to be something dictated by the state. And we’ve had plenty of examples to indicate the even greater horrors in store for the descendants of those who would advocate this type of monstrosity.


13 posted on 12/21/2012 1:30:06 PM PST by onedoug
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Mr. Liggett: Alright, Lightman. Maybe you could tell us who first suggested the idea of reproduction without sex.
David Lightman: Umm... Your wife?
[the class erupts into laughter]
Mr. Liggett: [pointing to the door] Get out, Lightman. Get out.
15 posted on 12/21/2012 1:34:17 PM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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Call me old fashioned... But I wouldn’t have wanted to create my children any other way.


17 posted on 12/21/2012 1:37:48 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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There’s no such thing as automating the creative process.

Women too busy to endure a pregnancy will be too busy to love and raise a child.

Do beaker babies have developed souls?


20 posted on 12/21/2012 1:44:45 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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If humans are created and allowed to develop in a tube, they will have severe problems in life. Humans need to develop inside of their mother, who is aware of them and interacts with them as all pregnant mothers do. Humans need to be born in a loving family, consisting of a nurturing mother and a father who protects the family and who goes out and brings home the bacon.

Trying to make sterile machines out of us will have disastrous consequences for the human race.

Ohhhhh! Not supposed to say things like that! (too damn bad. I said it)


21 posted on 12/21/2012 1:45:33 PM PST by I want the USA back
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Reproduction without sex, a liberating future

We already have sex without reproduction, which was also supposed to be "liberating."

22 posted on 12/21/2012 1:47:49 PM PST by PGR88
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Thes so called scientists are screwing around with nature that is way above their pay grade.


25 posted on 12/21/2012 1:55:57 PM PST by Venturer
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And what better way for the State to claim full ownership of each person than to eliminate those pesky “parents” that keep claiming some sort of bond with their children.


27 posted on 12/21/2012 2:00:51 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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Google the author.

She is just another stupid, atheistic progressive.

The longer they go to school, the more brainwashed and therefore unthinking they become.


29 posted on 12/21/2012 2:05:27 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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Also notice she has her own web page.

I suspect that, like Singer of Princeton, she is just another attention whore seeking fame and fortune by attempting to shock the ‘peasantry.’


30 posted on 12/21/2012 2:06:28 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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"There are an enormous number of well-educated, proficient women who, when facing the biological clock, first pay attention to their professional ambitions...

Yes. And they die unloved and alone. Buying a baby off the shelf will not change that.

32 posted on 12/21/2012 2:10:39 PM PST by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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