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You might have heard of the Duggars. Headed by the hyper-conservative Jim Bob Duggar, this is a family of (currently) 18. We're not talking "John and Kate Plus Eight," here, where somebody is just very fetile and likes to randomly pop out six kids. We're talking no contraception because of some crazy moral value, wife-firing-off-babies-like-a-pop-gun-because-I-don't-know-how-reproduction-works-due-to-conservative-indoctrination kind of shit here.
Now, aside from the judgmental twinge in me that wants to slap this woman for being a sheep, I have a serious problem with this kind of behavior. In a time and place where almost all children survive the first few years of their lives because of improved medical care, this behavior isn't only superfluous, it's irresponsible. I don't expect everybody to hold the same sort of environmentalist values that I do, and I respect that people want to have their biological children, but I see a problem in two ways:
1) They've created a comparably massive footprint, rather like the carbon footprint that irresponsible industries create, and
2) They've chucked sixteen kids, maybe more by now, from that vagina of hers, all because they are opposed to contraception and because the wife wants a big family. I look at this as the most selfish, conceited behavior when you think about the kids out there that need to be adopted. Angelina Jolie swipes all the cute ones up from other countries, so there are plenty here that need the help.
If you really want to have your own biologicals, make one or two of your own, then adopt. It's the quick road to a big family anyway, without all the trouble of pregnancy and birth. Am I right to feel like that? Are these people, and others like them, acting as irresponsibly and selfishly as I think they are? I have an immense moral objection to this behavior because I feel a responsibility to this earth that we live on, so I definitely won't take part of that behavior and will probably wind up adopting more than producing my own biologicals, but should I hold these people to the same standard?