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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 16 2011: As a parent I would say we are free to a point, the point being the call of the parenthood. While that seems warm and fuzzy I have to say that it was a very strong call to me later in life and having now become the father of three amazing children I simply cannot think of life without them or the spiritual calling that come with being a parent. I was not influenced by culture, religion, society or any external influence just something deep inside.

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