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Today it seems that too many jeer at the 1950’s portrayal of the family in “Leave it to Beaver.” Ward and June Clever represented that awful patriarchal condition forcing a woman to be an at home wife and mother. 

The 1960’s birthed the notion that women needed to be rescued from the oppression of cooking and cleaning for her family. She deserved recognition outside the home, a career where she could fulfill her dreams. She became empowered to work for those outside the family. 

Some of you may remember the 1970 slogan “You’ve come a long way, baby” in an ad for the Phillip Morris Co. Virginia Slims cigarette. This slogan was used for over two decades promoting the narrative that women were superior to men, and women didn’t need men. Women began to want children, but no husband. 

What seems, at first, to make sense on the surface actually is the cancer destroying our society. 

Culture has diminished the importance of being a wife and mother. A position that carries more responsibility than any other. The mother molds future citizens, teaches character, offers comfort and security, instills integrity, and demonstrates compassion and empathy. 

Becoming a mother is not instantaneous nor without its discomforts. The two are intertwined for nine months on a journey together sharing all the sounds, emotions, tastes, and movements. When she finally births that child there is a bond that can never be broken; that moment is engraved on her heart forever. Our Creator has spoken in that moment. 

Days ago, an organization, EctoLife, made a stunning announcement, “EctoLife provides you a safe, pain-free alternative that helps you deliver your baby without stress. The delivery process is smooth, convenient, and can be done with just the push of a button.” The organization was created by molecular biologist Hashem Al-Ghaili. Ghaili estimates up to 30,000 babies a year could be developed in  “growth pods.” 

Baby in a Pod: Now babies will be made in the factory, know what is ‘Baby Pod’, the world’s first artificial – PressWire18

A baby grown in a pod in a lab. No human sensory interactions during development, but rather artificial intelligence monitoring and guiding the baby’s development; hair color, eye color, skin color, and physical attributes. In addition, parents would be able to monitor, in real time, the growth of their baby via a phone app. 

Will society view this as science, or man working to play the role of Creator? Offering a convenience to women when in reality it breaks the bond mother and child share during pregnancy. Will the woman of “today” opt for this convenience? It is a dangerous road that many may be willing to take. 

What seems, at first, to make sense on the surface actually is the cancer destroying our society. 

James Carafano

James Jay Carafano is a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges. He is the Vice President of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher.


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