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Jimena Duque

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Are women and men completely and unequivocally free to choose whether to have children or not?

I am curious to know if there is still some pressure and persuasion exercised by families and society in terms of marriage and procreation.

Is religion an influence when it comes time to make the choice?

Is there a stigma associated with women and men that opt not to have children?

I am hoping to hear about your personal experiences not so much about the research or the data available.


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      Mar 20 2011: Thanks, I agree with you. Having children just like most of things in life, can't be seen or understood as something isolated. It depends on and it is influenced by your culture, values, traditions, believes, religion, tribe, family, husband/wife, job, career, money, age, health etc , I have no doubt about that.

      That's why I thought I framed the question to each of us, meaning TED community, not as a general/worldwide truth/issue. How do YOU feel with regard to having children??? If you fee like sharing ;) cheers.

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