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8th Jun '16 1:45:16 PM roxana
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* Camilla in ''{{Darkover}} Landfall'': After being stuck on a LostColony, she gets pregnant thanks to AppliedPhlebotinum and can't talk the doctor into giving her an abortion. She goes on to have a brood of children, and she doesn't seem to be happy about it. [[HeirClubForMen This ends up being a policy for all Darkovan women (particularly the Comyn)]]. Later, Rohana Ardais also admits that she never wanted children, but had to have them. Later, a reaction to this trope occurs in the form of the Sisterhood of the Sword, and its successor, the Order of the Renunciates; the vows of the latter order include "to bear children only in my own time and season," and not play the HeirClubForMen game.

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* Camilla in ''{{Darkover}} Landfall'': After being stuck on a LostColony, she gets pregnant thanks to AppliedPhlebotinum and can't talk the doctor into giving her an abortion. She goes on to have a brood of children, and she doesn't seem to be happy about it. [[HeirClubForMen This ends up being a policy for all Darkovan women (particularly the Comyn)]]. Later, Rohana Ardais also admits that she never wanted children, but had to have them. Later, a reaction to this trope occurs in the form of the Sisterhood of the Sword, and its successor, the Order of the Renunciates; the vows of the latter order include "to bear children only in my own time and season," and not play the HeirClubForMen game. Of course as Rohanna Ardais also points out, freedom to choose is no guarantee against making the wrong choice.
7th Jun '16 3:21:17 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': When Shinji gets Asuka pregnant they have the baby even though they’re socially inept teenagers -and Asuka didn't want to become a mother- because they don’t want their child to go through the same pain that they did.
31st May '16 4:19:08 AM Doug86
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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', at the end, Kilda is told bluntly at the end that an unattached woman in a small colony with five unattached men is unsettling; she must make her choice and settle down to a life of husband and children.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', at the end, Kilda is told bluntly at the end that an unattached woman in a small colony with five unattached men is unsettling; she must make her choice and settle down to a life of husband and children.
19th May '16 9:35:58 AM Specialist290
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* Enforced by the ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' games. As the goal of the game is to keep your dynasty in power over hundreds of years, someone will need to bear your character's children each generation to carry on their legacy.
18th May '16 1:19:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* Roger and Cecilia Checkerfield from ''TheCompanyNovels'' didn't want kids, and Roger got a vasectomy. Too bad that Roger was employed by Dr. Zeus, who forced him to adopt one of their scientific projects as his own son.

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* Roger and Cecilia Checkerfield from ''TheCompanyNovels'' ''Literature/TheCompanyNovels'' didn't want kids, and Roger got a vasectomy. Too bad that Roger was employed by Dr. Zeus, who forced him to adopt one of their scientific projects as his own son.



* In Margaret Atwood's ''TheHandmaidsTale'', the Republic of Gilead has an entire caste of women (the Handmaids) whose sole function is to breed. Abortion and birth control for any woman are outlawed and punishable by the death penalty. Part of the logic for this is that there seems to be some sort of SterilityPlague (possibly related to widespread environmental degradation). In the afterword, the SterilityPlague is theorized to be mumps.

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* In Margaret Atwood's ''TheHandmaidsTale'', ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'', the Republic of Gilead has an entire caste of women (the Handmaids) whose sole function is to breed. Abortion and birth control for any woman are outlawed and punishable by the death penalty. Part of the logic for this is that there seems to be some sort of SterilityPlague (possibly related to widespread environmental degradation). In the afterword, the SterilityPlague is theorized to be mumps.



* Alluded to in Terry Pratchett's ''{{Nation}}''. It's not clear exactly how old Daphne is, but her own culture certainly considers her a child; the people of the Nation, however, have pretty much a response of 'what do you mean you've not had a kid yet?'

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* Alluded to in Terry Pratchett's ''{{Nation}}''.''Literature/{{Nation}}''. It's not clear exactly how old Daphne is, but her own culture certainly considers her a child; the people of the Nation, however, have pretty much a response of 'what do you mean you've not had a kid yet?'
14th May '16 12:16:03 AM Doug86
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** In the ''BookOfGenesis'', Sarah gives her maidservant Hagar to sleep with Abraham and bear children on her behalf. That seems like a somewhat strange thing to do from the viewpoint of modern audiences, but she did it because she'd been infertile for many years and was approaching (or possibly going through) menopause. The Code of Hammurabi stated that if a wife could not bear children, she was to get one of her slaves to do it for her, as the primary purpose of marriage back then wasn't so much love and companionship as producing a legitimate heir, strengthening sociopolitical alliances, economic reasons, etc. She was just doing her duty under that code.

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** In the ''BookOfGenesis'', ''Literature/BookOfGenesis'', Sarah gives her maidservant Hagar to sleep with Abraham and bear children on her behalf. That seems like a somewhat strange thing to do from the viewpoint of modern audiences, but she did it because she'd been infertile for many years and was approaching (or possibly going through) menopause. The Code of Hammurabi stated that if a wife could not bear children, she was to get one of her slaves to do it for her, as the primary purpose of marriage back then wasn't so much love and companionship as producing a legitimate heir, strengthening sociopolitical alliances, economic reasons, etc. She was just doing her duty under that code.
11th May '16 6:12:54 AM jormis29
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* ''{{Exalted}}'':

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* ''{{Exalted}}'':''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
10th May '16 8:39:54 PM PaulA
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* Kris in the ''Freedom'' series by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey. Another LostColony situation in which everyone has to breed. But Kris is involved in an InterspeciesRomance and is apathetic on having kids (and definitely against cheating), even if her alien boyfriend doesn't mind. She then gets injured and winds up drinking to dull the pain to the point of ''blacking out'' and having sex with other humans. Twice.

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* Kris in the ''Freedom'' ''Literature/{{Catteni}}'' series by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey. Another It's a LostColony situation in which everyone has to breed. But breed, but Kris is involved in an InterspeciesRomance and is apathetic on having kids (and definitely against cheating), even if her alien boyfriend doesn't mind. She then gets injured and winds up drinking to dull the pain to the point of ''blacking out'' and having sex with other humans. Twice.
8th May '16 8:30:36 PM PaulA
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* Kris in the ''Freedom'' series by AnneMcCaffrey. Another LostColony situation in which everyone has to breed. But Kris is involved in an InterspeciesRomance and is apathetic on having kids (and definitely against cheating), even if her alien boyfriend doesn't mind. She then gets injured and winds up drinking to dull the pain to the point of ''blacking out'' and having sex with other humans. Twice.

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* Kris in the ''Freedom'' series by AnneMcCaffrey.Creator/AnneMcCaffrey. Another LostColony situation in which everyone has to breed. But Kris is involved in an InterspeciesRomance and is apathetic on having kids (and definitely against cheating), even if her alien boyfriend doesn't mind. She then gets injured and winds up drinking to dull the pain to the point of ''blacking out'' and having sex with other humans. Twice.
20th Apr '16 4:52:30 AM Tron80
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