At the very least, a good answer (in my opinion) to “Why reproduce?” (vs. “Why have kids,” which could include adoption), is, “Because I genuinely want a child, and I’ve given it a lot of thought — considered the potential risks, taken a hard look at my finances, know I have a family care plan (someone to care for the child) if I/my partner and I die, am prepared to take care of the child on my own if my partner is uninvolved, dies, or leaves, and am as aware as I can be of the changes this will bring to my life.”

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