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A rational cure for prereproductive stress syndrome—a perspective from Israel: a rejoinder to Häyry, Bennet, Holm, and Aksoy
  1. F Simonstein
  1. Correspondence to:
 F Simonstein
 Frida Simonstein, Department of Health System Management, Emek Yezreel College, Emek Yezreel 19300 Israel;

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In a recent article Matty Häyry observes that human reproduction is both irrational and immoral1; hence, he suggests, those who seek help before conceiving, “could be advised it is all right not to have children”. Häyry believes that if prospective parents are told that “according to at least one philosopher it would be all right not to reproduce at all” this could empower people “to make the rational choice to remain childless”; valiantly, he suggests himself as “the one philosopher to be blamed for this unpopular idea”.

In a rejoinder to Matty Häyry, Søren Holm claims it is not strongly irrational to have children2; S Aksoy contends that having children is the biggest dream of many married couples, and “the major goal in a couple’s life”3; Rebecca Bennet, accepts that human reproduction may be irrational but in most cases she thinks this is morally defensible.4

Matty Häyry does not need my help to defend himself; I will …

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