“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of unwanted pregnancy, I will fear no anklebiter for thou art with me; thy rod and thy Vasagel they comfort me.” – Psalms 23:4
According to the Guttmacher Institute, about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year (3.4 million) are unintended. The obvious reasons for this are that women “forget” to take the pill, condoms suck, and other forms of birth control are either permanent or have even higher risks of complications associated with them.
Did I mention condoms suck?
What would happen to the rate of unwanted pregnancies if men had the option of getting a non-invasive reversible procedure to prevent them from getting a woman pregnant that cost about as much as a TV?
I predict the existence of such a procedure would dramatically slash the unwanted pregnancy rate, and probably put a statistically significant dent in the “wanted” pregnancy numbers too. As with women who secretly go off the pill, I suspect there might be a sizable portion of men who secretly would go “on the pill” by getting such a procedure and then not mention they had it done.
As it stands right now, women have been given most of the control over managing contraception because the options for male contraceptives suck. That being said, if we include condom use, vasectomies and withdraw, men are responsible for around a third of contraceptive use in America today. However, all this is about to change, possibly as early as 2017 if the Parsemus Foundation has its way.
Animal safety trials are well underway for medical device called Vasagel. This gel is injected into the vas deferens, which then blocks sperm from mixing with semen. In animal trials with rabbits, it was 100% effective and reversible. It’s presently being trialed on baboons. If the baboon study finishes successfully, it could see human trials as early as next year. It has already achieved important safety milestones, which is the biggest hurdle for approval.
But getting back to Socialist Security, I’d like to point out what happens to Ponzi schemes when new entrants to the scheme dwindle. According to the SEC:
With little or no legitimate earnings, Ponzi schemes require a consistent flow of money from new investors to continue. Ponzi schemes tend to collapse when it becomes difficult to recruit new investors or when a large number of investors ask to cash out.
Indeed, the Socialist Security system depends on raping the youth to support the already rich elderly population – because old people just never have enough money. Clearly, it’s better for a young family to go without than for grandpa to delay his retirement.
The US birthrate is already the smallest it has been in four decades this year. Excluding immigrants, the US birthrate is below the replacement rate, meaning the native population is declining. Now imagine what the birthrate will fall to once this procedure hits the market. This bodes certain doom for the Ponzi Socialist Security scheme, not that it wouldn’t eventually collapse on its own anyways.
In articles like this, it is customary for the author to speculate about why birthrates are rapidly declining. Most people assume it’s because the economy sucks, and they would be right to a point. During the Great Depression, America saw virtually identical birthrates to what we see today. However, I think this only tells part of the story.
I recently read an article that resonated quite deeply with me about this issue. The author lists 8 reasons intelligent and successful people are not having babies, and her explanations for all of them basically nailed my though processes on the issue. Keep in mind, these are the types of people who are best suited to raise children. These are people who are mostly unaffected by the economic downturn. These two points particularly struck a cord with me:
2. We don’t like where society is going.
Unfortunately, this is a bit of a catch 22. We don’t like that the population is getting dumber (as we see it), but we also don’t want to help it by having our own offspring. We think the people emerging in American society are lazy idiots that are ignorantly bringing about Armageddon. Knowing that we don’t want to raise a child in an environment not fit to support them, we choose to refrain. So, we’re letting the problem multiply exponentially. If you haven’t seen the movie Idiocracy, it may be in your best interest to see what the United States is undoubtedly going to look like in the future.
3. We think we’re better than everyone else.
This is a lot like point 2, and it also seems like it should have nothing to do with the desire to have children – but it does. This is because we know that we can raise our kid better than anyone else. We can teach them at a higher level than the public school system, and we’re too selfish to pay for private schooling. So we’d feel inclined to teach them ourselves. We don’t have that kind of time. That’s not only pulling into our 1% of “me time” that would remain, but it also would force us to adjust our work situation, which pulls at our pockets and starts to destroy that financial stability we want – in order to get the things we want. So, rather than go through that ordeal and worry about idiots raising our children, we decide it’s best to avoid the problem all together.
When I read that, I feel like she was looking into my brain and stealing my thoughts. It’s exactly what I would have written.
Our entertainment today compared to Idiocracy’s “Ow My Balls!” future TV series.