Because mid-21st-century world populationRealityCheck!
exceeded projections and reached 11 billion*, there is a worldwide, government-sponsored,
life-long monetary incentive for not having children at all. Phrenicea
keeps count of every individual's offspring to enforce a semelparous policy, thereby
preventing "initiation" or
fertilization after one child by way of brainerama parameters controlling the
reproductive functions. This is reversible however, should a child not live
to reach maturity.
The latest statistics indicate
winning" over copulation, which is not surprising. The reasons for the popularity
of human cloning are significant (listed in decreasing importance):
- most relationships are long-distance, facilitated by Phrenicea, minimizing male/female
physical contact and the opportunity for traditional copulation;
- pregnancy and childbirth are "outsourced" to in vitro birthing labs, eliminating
the need for a woman's physical body altogether;
- "parenthood" is more a status than a responsibility. The physical "burden" of
caring for a g-twin is placed upon remote 24/7 rearing centers. Contact is via
Phrenicea engagement as soon as the infant is capable. First physical contact could be years after
- each g-twin is owned as property by its initiator.
Ownership of one's progeny avoids litigation upon divorce or dissolution of a
relationship, the incidence of which has unfortunately reached 100%;
- "child-bearing" years can be pushed well beyond biological limitations.
*Caused by the unexpected increase in the average human life-span
by 24 years — primarily
through significant reduction in death rates from both cancer and heart disease;
and therapeutic cloning of replacement organs.
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