I’ve been reading a lot about space travel lately, and not just because I’m jazzed for the final shuttle launch. I’ve been geeking out on space literature because I will be coaching at a high school debate camp this summer, and the students will be debating about space exploration and development.
All this reading has started to make me wonder what reproductive rights would look like in a spacefaring civilization. Cuz let’s be real – you have to put limits on reproduction on a spaceship – there just isn’t space for people to breed willy nilly. (Before you try to pump the breaks by saying that NASA claims sex isn’t possible in zero gravity, this video from The History Channel proves that the Russians have figured out how to get it done in outer space, complete with bom chicka wah wah music.)
So I open the discussion to you, the readers. When humans are zipping around the intergalactic neighborhood, do you think there will be limits on who can give birth and how many children they can have?