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Introduction In our society it is accepted and celebrated when a woman decides to have a child It is considered normal and obvious even expected that women want to marry and raise children But what if a woman decides that motherhood is not a role she wants to pursue It often then becomes an issue of social concern when a woman makes public her decision to remain childfree Women who are voluntarily childless are often faced with disbelief and disapproval from friends family and society in general The terms woman and mother have become very related in our society so that it would seem to most people that you couldnt be the former without being the latter To many women without children there is a big difference between being childless and being childfree To be called childless would imply that something is missing from their life that something is wrong Women who are infertile are pitied and receive sympathy They are then medically treated as if diseased to try to bring about a pregnancy and birth This paper focuses on the voluntarily childless who often prefer the more positive term childfree because the lack of children is their choice This term does have its problems though It can be associated with being carefree and that in turn implies a childlike state In effect no children equals no responsibilities equals being childlikea stereotype many childfree people are placed with Leatherby 721 In recent decades the rates of voluntary childlessness among women has risen This could be due to a number of factors One of these includes recent reproductive technologies now available to women such as birth control and safe abortion procedures which allow them to more efficiently determine whether when and in what context they have children Gillespie 225 There are also a number of reasons people choose to be childfree that are often rational or ideational in nature Current Trends In Voluntary Childlessness The World
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