“Sex will soon be just for fun, not babies.” Sarah Knapton writes for the Telegraph:
Sex could become purely recreational by 2050 with large numbers of babies in the Western world born through IVF, the professor who invented the contraceptive pill has claimed.
Prof Carl Djerassi, the Austrian-American chemist and author, said he believes that the Pill will become obsolete because men and women will choose to freeze their eggs and sperm when young before being sterilised.
He also claims it will end abortions, as no children will be unplanned or unwanted.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Prof Djerassi said that advances in fertility treatment made it much safer for parents without fertility problems to consider IVF.
The progress will give rise to a ‘Manana generation’ who are safe in the knowledge that parenthood can be delayed without repercussions, he claims. They may even have healthier children because their eggs and sperm would be younger.
“The vast majority of women who will choose IVF in the future will be fertile women who have frozen their eggs and delayed pregnancy,” he said.
“Women in their twenties will first choose this approach as insurance, providing them with freedom in the light of professional decisions or the absence of the right partner or the inexorably ticking of the biological clock.
“However I predict that many of these women will in fact decide to be fertilised by IVF methods because of the advances in genetic screening. And once that happens then IVF will start to become a normal non-coital method of having children. . . .
“For them the separation between sex and reproduction will be 100 per cent.” . . .
“Fertile male sperm has already been preserved inexpensively for years. Provided one first demonstrated that such storage is possible for several decades rather than just years many young men might consider early vasectomy, as a viable alternative to effective birth control. . .
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Thrill seeking couples should be free to have fun in bed without the stress of considering the nuisance of children! Women don’t need husbands or fathers to raise their test-tube-conceived darlings! We’ve come a long way, baby! We’ll do it our way!
So boasts the brave new world.
But I don’t think the old and authoritative Word of God applauds.
Instead the bible makes a sacred connection between sex and reproduction. The Scriptures prescribe a man and a woman, in a relationship of committed covenant love, to enjoy the thrill of erotic sexual union, in view of a fruitful outcome blessing of sons and daughters, raised to God’s glory.
Gen. 1:27-8 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it;”
Gen. 2:22-4 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
Gen. 4:1-2 Now the man 1had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a man-child with the help of the LORD.” Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was ba keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. Adam 1had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, for, she said, “God has appointed me another offspring in place of Abel, for Cain killed him.” To Seth, to him also a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began bto call upon the name of the LORD.
Psa. 127:3-4 Behold, children are a 1gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.
Psa. 128:3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table.
Eph. 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Think about it.
Addendum: I see no moral dilemma when a young couple marries, then exercises responsible procreative stewardship with a plan for seeking to avoid conception for 2 or 3 years, God willing, while paying off school loans. But that’s a far cry from the responsibility free “purely recreational”, husbands and fathers are optional, non-marital, sex life Knapton is describing.