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Unethical To Avoid Procreation

Some parents procreate when then know that their offspring might inherit a serious disease. It is heartbreaking for parents to watch their own child suffer. Abortion of an unborn child who has the disease is murder. Is it unethical to avoid procreation and spare the child's suffering?

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 ---Sag on 6/9/09
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You are quite welcome NurseRobert. I am pleased to hear you were not offended, offense was certainly not, nor will ever be my intent concerning any thing I post. However I do realize, that at times there may be a lack of clarity, or misunderstanding due to an ambiguous use of a word or two, or an unsuccessful attempt to condense my thoughts on any given subject into the 125 word limit:o).
---joseph on 6/29/09

Didn't offend, I was just wondering what you meant. Thank you for the clarification.
---NurseRobert on 6/27/09

"Are you saying souls are sitting around waiting for bodies to join to?" No.

My apologies if that statement confused or offended you.
Allow me to rephrase, "Everyone meant to experience this human existence, will."
---joseph on 6/26/09

Every soul meant to experience this human existence, will.
---joseph on 6/21/09

Are you saying souls are sitting around waiting for bodies to join to? Sounds like Mormon doctrine.
---NurseRobert on 6/22/09

"Is it unethical to avoid procreation and spare the child's suffering?" No.

Every soul meant to experience this human existence, will. The father has "'made' (prepared and fashioned) of one 'blood' (as referring to the seat of life) all 'nations of men' (the human family) for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath 'determined' (mark out the boundaries) 'the times before appointed' and (defined beforehand), the bounds of their habitation, Known unto God are 'all' his works from the beginning of the world." Man does not determine who is given life and who is not, Father does, for as He has said "all souls are mine".
---joseph on 6/21/09

God did not kill Onan for avoiding procreation, God killed him for disobeying Him.
---NurseRobert on 6/18/09
I have heard many say that and that view does ease my burden a little.

On the otherhand, his "disobedience" was in not "creating" a baby with her since that was his "duty" to a widow in her position.

I suppose I could get off the hook since I have no such "obligation". We are no longer under the OT Jewish laws either.
---obewan on 6/18/09

Biblically, I struggle though. We have the story of Onan who spilled his semen on the ground to avoid procreation, and God killed him for it.
---obewan on 6/12/09

God did not kill Onan for avoiding procreation, God killed him for disobeying Him.
---NurseRobert on 6/18/09

I have a friend who thinks it's more than unethical to practice birth control. In fact he thinks is downright sinful. Here's a interesting fact about this man. Married 35 years to the same woman he has no children.
---mima on 6/17/09

I have the gene for neurofibromatosis, and I have NF. My case is extra mild with few symptoms, but the severe cases result in severe tumors all through the body including the brain, ears, eyes, and face. Serious deformities with even learning disabilities are possible. There is a 50% chance of passing on the gene.

The medical expenses for effected children have run into the millions for many cases. I prefer to stay on the safe side and not procreate for obvious reasons.

Biblically, I struggle though. We have the story of Onan who spilled his semen on the ground to avoid procreation, and God killed him for it.

It effected relationships when I was younger, but now most women I meet are divorced with children.
---obewan on 6/12/09

Thank you Sag, bless your heart. :)
---Mary on 6/11/09

It's not "unethical" to avoid procreation. Ethics is usually equated with "morality".
Immoral not to have children? Not as I see it.

Eric1968-- I don't know the answer to your question. But from Bible days to the early 1900's children were an advantage, a blessing (usually economic) to a family. Since about the 1930's children have represented a liability to parents. They are costly to raise and usually make no significant financial contribution.

I don't know of any place where childlessness is explicitly condemned in the Bible. Onan, (a bad guy) Gen 38:8-9, "spilled his seed" and thus the RCC has for years forbidden contraception.
---Donna66 on 6/11/09


Thanks for sharing your situation on this blog. I think that you are very "wise" for considering the child's needs before your own. That is indeed "love" for another.

God's has other ways that he can use our time and gifts for his glory. There are always children that need to be helped.

---Sag on 6/11/09

If I was married, I would NOT "procreate" due in part to the fact that I have severe emotional problems that would make it torture for the poor child. It would be selfish of me to have a child in my case. Also my age of 45 and by the time I marry (if I marry again) would make it more likely than ever that I'd bring a suffering child into the world with birth defects. Not fair to the child.
---Mary on 6/10/09

I read that all Christian groups condemned contraception until the early 1930s. Most of them say it's okay now. How come?
---eric1968 on 6/10/09

Some "christians" choose not to "procreate" for various reasons. My sister and brother-in-law have had no children so that they could do what they wanted without regard for other people's thoughts or wishes. Is this unethical? If by unethical you mean against God, I would have to say yes, since it basically says you don't believe God's promises or don't want them. Sadly, my sister and brother-in-law claim to be christians, but do not attend any church at this time. They allowed a pastor who had control issues drive them from church and now they aren't even interested. Go figure!
---tommy3007 on 6/10/09

My wife was adopted so we had no clue what family or genetic medical diseases she might be carrying or not. We decided to have children anyway, I can't imagine life without my son no matter how long he may be here. He is now a man so in our case the gamble was worth it.
---TIMOTHY on 6/10/09

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Many parents face a crisis of "multiple" proportions when a sickly, or special needs, child is born. Where do they turn for help? Financially, emotionally, day-to-day care for their child, etc.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the church should be stepping in and helping out. That is how I believe Jesus would like his bride to be. And churches, at least in the USA, are getting huge tax breaks from the government. Churces should have more than adequate funds to assist their members.

I agree that abortion is murder and not an option. I've had discussions with other Christians that that still might be better than the life, and death situations, that many of these children end up going through.
---Sag on 6/10/09

Donna 66, Good answer!
---Pharisee on 6/10/09

I guess the question is, can you accept whatever God gives you? This is not a question that should be answered hastily!

A child with birth defects may depend on you for the rest of your life (forget peace and privacy in your golden years). They may need care that requires financial sacrifice, even depriving other children. They are usually a stress upon even a stable marriage...contrary to romanticized accounts, they tend to drive parents apart rather than unite them.

If you are willing to accept all this, with God's help, good for you! But do not feel guilty if you take measures to prevent pregnancy. Abortion is not a righteous alternative.
---Donna66 on 6/9/09

I understand where you are coming from, but keep in mind that doctors make mistakes all the time. What if life is prevented and the child would have turned out fine?
---amand6348 on 6/9/09

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Life is choices and were all going to make them for a myriad of reasons. Personally I'd procreate:

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
---Pharisee on 6/9/09

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