- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 29, 2021

The latest issue of Vogue U.K. wants its “scientifically engaged” readers to mull over the following question when they consider the “troubling” prospect of starting a family: “Is having a baby in 2021 pure environmental vandalism?”

Writer Nell Frizzell posed the question while positing that “declining health of the planet cannot help but factor in your thinking.”

“Is having a child an act of environmental vandalism or an investment in the future?” she asked in a recent op-ed. “For the scientifically-engaged person, there are few questions more troubling when looking at the current climate emergency than that of having a baby. … Before I got pregnant, I worried feverishly about the strain on the earth’s resources that another Western child would add. … While gestating my son, and probably every day since, I have wondered whether having children is, in itself, an ecologically sound or unsound decision.”

The author added that despite choosing to start a family, the issue is “not a simple binary.”

“I had a baby,” the writer continued. “I’d have another if my partner agreed. Is that because I am selfish, myopic or greedy? Did I simply learn to compartmentalize my thinking, choose to listen to the arguments that supported what I wanted to do anyway, or ignore what was right in front of my face? Perhaps.”

Ms. Frizzell concluded with a vow to teach her child about “an awareness of ecological inequality” and instill a drive to “contribute to future humanity, rather than destroy it.”

A rebuttal by Veronica Hays of the conservative media watchdog NewsBusters was published Thursday.

“The real-life implications of this sterile worldview are more abortions and state-enforced family size limits for the sake of environmental justice,” Ms. Hays wrote. “Anyone who knows anything of the progressive left understands the implementation of restrictive legislation on population growth is not implausible, and perhaps not far off. This is peak degeneracy. Western culture is in swift decline and the increasing devaluation of human life only accelerates collapse.”

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