First and foremost, I would like to let everyone know what seems obvious, but may not be. Reproduction is a choice. Just because you grew up assuming you’d get married, move out to the burbs, and pop out a litter of street urchins doesn’t mean that you actually have to do it. If that is right for you, fine.
But, please, at least think about it first.
Know that you have a choice. Many people live a child free life and are happy and fulfilled. Remember, you may regret not having children, but imagine how much worse it would be to regret having them, worse for you, worse for your children, worse for the biosphere.
Once you are thinking about breeding, many people will likely try to encourage you. Since you will likely have no shortage of friends and relatives telling you that you should breed, I offer a link to the Biology and Breeding section provided by the good folks at The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement.
This type of discussion may not convince you either way. In fact, it is not my intent to do so. My only intent is to convince you that reproduction is a big decision. It should be made only after careful thought. Please think before you add another human to this horrifically overpopulated planet. That’s all I ask.
If you came here expecting a discussion on abortion, I don’t mind if the thread gets sidetracked that way. In fact, just to encourage that type of debate, I will include a link to Respect for Life who have a very well thought out page on the subject. They make the surprising observation that both sides of the debate have more in common than they have differences.
Lastly, Viva Vasectomy!! If you’ve made a decision not to breed, and if you’re in a monogamous heterosexual relationship, consider vasectomy. It’s the safest, most effective, least intrusive method around.