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If you’ve divorced before, would you remarry?

March 27, 2018

How’s the saying go… If at first you don’t succeed, keep marrying until you find the one? 

Obviously, the above statement was made in jest, but for those who have been through a divorce, if you found someone else you believed could be a partner for life would you go through the process all over again?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I’m not sure

How do you feel about those who are happily childfree?

Less than 10% of American women aged 35-44 choose to be childless. Left up to the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (vhemt.org), that figure would be much higher than the one that has consistently spanned decades!

The choice is a rarity and is frequently met with discrimination. Women in particular are often stereotyped as individualistic, selfish, and less likely to commit themselves to helping others. On the other hand, these women also have the highest income and lowest religiosity compared to their counterparts. With this in mind, how do you feel about the childfree society?

  • I agree with the stereotypes
  • I don’t judge, it’s their choice
  • I envy them
  • I am one of these people

If you knew during pregnancy your child would be born with at least one mental or physical disability, what would you do?

March 25, 2018

Modern diagnostic methods allow assessing the pathology of fetal development in the early stages of pregnancy. Nevertheless, a significant number of parents, even knowing that the child can be born incurably ill, refuse abortion. 

Imagine a situation when you are looking forward to having a child and already love it with all your heart, but the doctor tells you disappointing news about the likelihood of developing a pathology, such as Down syndrome or heart disease. What will you do in such a situation? Will you deliberately decide to give birth or would you opt for an abortion? 

Of course, if the child is expected and desirable, then such a diagnosis will cause disappointment and depression in anyone. In this case, the future parents will face a dilemma: either give birth to a child or to do an abortion on medical evidence. Some people categorically reject the second option because abortion is considered a killing. In addition, rarely, but still there are cases of doctors making a mistaken diagnosis. 

Also, children with pathologies, regardless of their intelligence, may well be happy if they’re given the chance to be born and live in a family where this child is loved and cared for. 

Yet, if a couple decides on the birth of a child with possible pathologies, they need to be ready for challenges on behalf of the society: the circle of friends may shorten, maybe one will have to leave work. In any case, do you have close people who can help in a difficult situation? 

Some believe that it is wiser to stop pregnancy in such a situation because to give birth to a child with pathologies means to devote all your life. Only this will not bring happiness, and such a child will be unhappy. And what if suddenly something happens to you, and the child will not be needed by anyone? Therefore, some people decide to play safe – and go for an abortion. 

So, if you knew during your pregnancy that the child might be born with certain physical or mental disabilities, what would you do?

  • Nothing. I’d have the baby as scheduled
  • I’d allow the birth if the disability wouldn’t compromise the overall health of my child
  • I’d want an abortion
  • I’d let my partner make the decision
  • I’m not sure