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NBC Piece Suggests That Humanity Stop Having Kids

The opinion piece in NBC Think postulated that it was immoral for humanity to continue to reproduce. The author has children.

By NTK Staff | 11.15.2017 @2:00pm
NBC Piece Suggests That Humanity Stop Having Kids

NBC Think, an opinion subsidiary of NBC News, published an opinion piece on Wednesday suggesting that humanity should drastically slow its rate of reproduction to stop climate change.

“Science proves kids are bad for Earth. Morality suggests we stop having them,” by Travis Rieder, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University, argues that children have harmed the planet and morality dictates a reduction in reproduction:

A startling and honestly distressing view is beginning to receive serious consideration in both academic and popular discussions of climate change ethics. According to this view, having a child is a major contributor to climate change. The logical takeaway here is that everyone on Earth ought to consider having fewer children.

The second, moral aspect of the view — that perhaps we ought to have fewer children — is also being taken seriously in many circles. Indeed, I have written widely on the topic myself.

The professor essentially states that given the fact humans are a major contributor to climate change, less humans would be a morally desirable means to a cleaner planet.

To prove this point, Reider compares having a child to releasing “a murderer from prison:”

Consider a different case: If I release a murderer from prison, knowing full well that he intends to kill innocent people, then I bear some responsibility for those deaths — even though the killer is also fully responsible. My having released him doesn’t make him less responsible (he did it!). But his doing it doesn’t eliminate my responsibility either.

He considers for a moment that parents wouldn’t be totally responsible for the child’s moral crime of existing, but then dismisses this consideration. “But that doesn’t negate [the parents’] responsibility. Moral responsibility simply isn’t mathematical.”

A visit to Reider’s apparent social media page shows a different practice than his professed moral beliefs. His Twitter photo shows him cheerfully enjoying his child’s company, and his biography reads, “I’m a philosopher, bioethicist, writer, husband, father, and juggler of commitments.”

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