Thursday, January 15, 2009

Another reason to 'just get over it'

Warning, sarcasm ahead.

Because I'm interested in how to lower the environmental impact of my lifestyle, I read this opinion piece on the BBC News site: How responsible is it to have children in a world whose environmental health is already under stress.

At the time, this was the top comment:
"One of the reasons I'm not planning on having children is the environmental impact (although that is just one reason). I do think that environmental issues ought to be considered whenever government policies towards families are considered. In particular, I find state-sponsored fertility treatment disturbing, but I'm also bothered by policies of paying people to have children. Whenever the government is involved and the children aren't happening naturally, it isn't 'a police state' to ask these kinds of questions. Governments should be weighing up all sides of the issue before making policies, but as far as I can see, the environmental impact of children is never brought up." Signed Ann

And I have to say, that's a great idea Ann. Let's withhold medical treatment for illnesses to thin out the world's population.

Of course, no more fertility treatment is top on the list. It's not like these people can't just get over it or anything, they still have so much else to be thankful for (plasma tv's, exotic holidays, ...)
What about closing obstetrics alltogether? Lack of obstetric care does wonders for demographics in the developing world.

Next, let's quit treating the illnesses of dementia patients. They don't even know they're ill and dying, so they won't mind.

Cancer? No more treatment of cancer. Toxic substances as a cure, that has to be bad for the environment.
Ditto for aids medicines.

Burst appendix? Tough luck, your number is up early. Have some morphine to soften the blow.

Drunk driver mamed and all but killed you? What a pity.

Hey, why not be proactive too? Free abortions for everyone, no restrictions either.

The list could just go on and on. We could halve the population in a matter of decades!

Aaargghhh! "Just ADOPT" was annoying enough, but now this! Just get over it for the environment's sake! Why should the burden of keeping the worlds population in check only fall on the shoulders of the infertiles? Think about it, how likely is that segment of the population to have large families? Even with treatment!

If we're going to factor in carbon cost of medical treatments, and compare with years of increased quality of life gained, I bet A.R.T. is an absolute bargain.

I tried to just get it out of my head, but it kept irritating me. It's just me being too sensitive, I'm sure, and defensive because of course I do choose to do A.R.T.



At 16 January, 2009 04:30, Blogger Heather said...

After reading your post and seeing the "preview" of the comment section on that article, I couldn't go over and read it...

I love the high horse that people have.

At 16 January, 2009 05:27, Blogger Meg said...

Interesating article - she does make a point overall - though obviously i can't agree with any of the commenters who talked about infertility treatment. We all deserve to have a child if that's what we want.

However, there is a part of me that gets frustrated with people who have more than say, two or three. I sometimes just think "what are they trying to fulfill in themselves?", and there is that environmental or social cost - and the people who have lots of children do often need the most financial help - But I'm a person who only ever intended on having one (much as I occasionally feel the desire for more) - so I'm biased too.

At 16 January, 2009 08:37, Blogger Sparkle said...

Hmmm I have too many comments to comment.

At 16 January, 2009 11:51, Blogger Bea said...

I've heard it all before. Some people don't have much imagination. Good for them. Life must be so simple for them. To be honest, I don't think many of them are over the age of about seventeen, so life probably does seem simple: parents=bad, drugs=coolanddangerous, school=boring, infertility treatment=whothefuckcares. What else is there to life?


At 17 January, 2009 03:31, Blogger lucky #2 said...

OMG -- that is ridiculous! I "hope" this was a journalist trying to write a column knowing that it would get a lot of negative bolst her own "value." I think there are so many other ways to combat environmental issues -- attack IFers.

PS Thanks for infuriating me before I am supposed to go to bed! ;)

At 17 January, 2009 16:06, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 18 January, 2009 08:05, Blogger Isabel said...

Great. That's a new one I haven't heard yet.


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