Delays Motherhood


P1. Contraception allows women to delay motherhood

P2. Delaying motherhood allows women to complete an education and have a career

C. Therefore contraception allows women to complete an education and have a career 


While both premises are true, there is much more to the argument. For example Sylvia Ann Hewlett reports:

Media hype about advances in reproductive science only exacerbates the problem, giving women the illusion that they can delay childbearing until their careers are well established. My survey tells us that 89% of young, high-achieving women believe that they will be able to get pregnant deep into their 40s. But sadly, new reproductive technologies have not solved fertility problems for older women. The research shows that only 3% to 5% of women who attempt in vitro fertilization in their 40s actually succeed in bearing a child. This kind of information is hard to come by because the infertility industry in this country likes to tout the good news—with dire consequences. Too many career women put their private lives on the back burner, assuming that children will eventually happen for them courtesy of high-tech reproduction—only to discover disappointment and failure.