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Grayling’s question

By AC Grayling   November 2007

Is there a “right” to have more children than one can feed and care for? If so, does it create a duty on the rest of us to feed and care for them?

According to one familiar outlook, one does not have a right but a duty to have children, whether or not one can provide for them. The Old Testament injunction to “go forth and multiply” is held by Catholic moral theology to be trumped by St Paul’s teaching on the preferability of celibacy, but still incumbent on those who had better marry than burn. For these lesser members…

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