Today, I was surprised to hear talk that held out to its logical conclusion as presented meant poor people should not procreate. Should not is different from have not, but even in America there has been cases of women undergoing forced sterilizations. The systematic control of reproduction is called eugenics.
So they say poor people shouldn’t have the experience of having children. In some countries, people are so poor they can’t afford marriage: the ceremonies, legal registration, bridal price or family gifts, much less separate housing and again, the children.
Are these essential relationships? Humans are made to connect. Perhaps we don’t need to be mothers or father or spouses or partners. But nevertheless we need connection. For my part, it grieves me to tears to think of poverty keeping families from forming. It’s perhaps not essential but often the most meaningful aspect of living. It’s certain there is a biological imperative to procreate.
Understanding that so much of our life is the circumstances we were born into and luck or chance, is it right that “the least of these” are absolutely judged or possibly prevented from having the love that forming a family creates?