As a result of the ‘saved in childbearing’ discussion, my husband and I came up with two interesting ethical questions:
(1) Let’s say a young couple has decided that they want a family, but they want to adopt all of their children. Is this ethical from an LDS perspective? Would it depend if they were motivated by vanity (the wife doesn’t want her body ravaged by the effects of childbearing), charity (one spouse saw too many starving children on their mission and wants to spare as many of them as possible), or fear (say one spouse’s mother died in childbirth)?
(2) This is perhaps the opposite of the question Gordon was asking about genetic enhancements. Let’s say a couple received genetic counseling and knew that there was a (10%, 30%, 50%, 80%, 100%) chance that a child they produced would have (insert name of horrific disease here). At what point, if any, are they obligated to refrain from childbearing? That is, at some point, do they have a responsibility to not bring a child into the world under such conditiions?