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Choosing
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Is motherhood a choice?

In Mexico, Sandra Bello proudly declares that she does not ever want to become a mother and defines herself as a woman in other ways. Contrary to popular beliefs, she writes, “my uterus is not a ticking time bomb.”

In San Francisco, Sarah Windels discovers she is accidentally pregnant, disrupting all her plans to pursue her dream career as a photographer. After many sleepless nights, she decides to keep the baby, resolute in her determination to combine motherhood with her professional dreams.

In the film “Plum Flower,” a mother in China is told by her family that she needs to kill her newborn baby girl. She takes the baby into the woods with a vial of poison, and has to decide whether to kill her helpless daughter.

In an age where women have more and more success in the career world, does society still determine our worth by our ability to bear kids? Is it a good thing that modern medicine now allows women to push motherhood into their late thirties and early forties? How much control SHOULD we have over whether and when we become mothers?

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Anne John
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A childfree by choice lifestyle is still an evolving concept in India. It is often looked down by many as the ultimate “unwomanly” thing to do. Everyone is responsible for their actions and decisions and if someone genuinely feels that...
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