Imagine a world where physical pregnancies are a relic of the past and have been effectively automated out of existence. Thanks to ever-improving healthcare, artificial intelligence, and biomedical engineering, parents can watch their children develop in incubation systems from zygote to fetus anywhere and any time through their electronic devices, without the need for an actual pregnancy to occur.
While this will greatly benefit women in developed countries with accessible healthcare benefits, it will also cause divisions within various socioeconomic groups, unless it is covered under federal medical care plans as a right and not a privilege. Women's workforce participation will continue to increase, which will help close the gender wage gap and motherhood penalty. However, there will also be active protests against this technology by religious institutions, private corporations and political parties, among others, which could potentially raise ethical concerns about its external and internal validity amongst civilians at large.