In the light of these motivations, how can Jean Molloy (Letter, 9 February), maintain that child-rearing is a "social" and not an individual project? Does she really believe that intending (or unintending) parents are thinking of England? No, sir, even those who carefully and thoughtfully plan their families act from purely selfish motives - they want children - and that is just as it should be.
Many of the dire social problems we are creating for ourselves could be largely avoided if people asked themselves exactly why they were initiating pregnancies. We pay more attention to the purchase of a car or a cardigan than we do to one of the most solemnly responsible and potentially wonderful acts possible, the production of a new person.