Douglas Wilson in his challenging book The Federal Husband observes that in traditional conservative Christian circles there is a common lament that modern women are not eager to have children. Wilson continues,
Women are too eager to rush off to a childless career; women are disgruntled about the calling which God has given them, But then, look at how pregnant women are treated in their midst. Why are we surprised? Why should women honor what their men treat with contempt? (Federal Husband, 85)
This is a sharp rebuke to a culture that has learned to not only trivialize children, but also to despise pregnancy. There is, I believe, a parallel between a culture that disposes of the bodies of unborn human beings and a culture that despises children.