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Physical Pregnancies Are Rendered Obsolete In Developed Countries

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.

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Katrina Coswall So you’ve watched gattaca with Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke
23 Jun 2022
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among us how to use this lol
17 Apr 2022
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Chris Beaudin Sounds like the plot of Brave New World. The "motherhood penalty" is about much more than simply being pregnant, it's the stress of having to juggle a job and a child at the same time. To eliminate this with surrogacy, we would need a Brave New World-style society where government (or corporate) labs create as many people as they need, then raise them to fulfill certain socio-economic roles. That way no one has to put family or children ahead of work.
06 Feb 2022
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Chris Beaudin Chris Beaudin, of course that's dystopian. A better solution would be universal basic income and subsidized childcare and a change in corporate culture to be more flexible and understanding of parents (and increased sharing of parental responsibilities).
06 Feb 2022
iamironcat Just because there's the artificial womb, doesn't mean there need to be a Brave new world type of government. Dystopian outlooks are usually a slippery slope when it comes to new technologies. A better solution is to stop the generational trauma where procreation is a necessity.
08 Feb 2022
Emily I agree it will occur. I disagree that it will be widespread, even in developed countries, by 2050
11 Jan 2022
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sajana damsith Nice
16 Dec 2021
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