Antinatalism is the philosophical position that asserts a negative value judgement towards birth. It has been advanced by figures such as Arthur Schopenhauer, Brother Theodore and David Benatar.cite book |doi=10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296422.001.0001 | last = Benatar | first = David | title = Better Never to Have Been | publisher = Oxford University Press, USA | location = | year = 2006 | isbn = 9780199296422 ] Schopenhauer, in his essay "On the Suffering of the World" articulates the position as follows:

Similarly, Benatar argues from the hedonistic premise that the infliction of harm is generally morally wrong and therefore to be avoided, and the intuition that the birth of a new person always entails nontrivial harm to that person, that there exists a moral imperative not to procreate.

See also

* abstinence
* childfree
* National Alliance for Optional Parenthood
* Nietzschean affirmation, a contrasting stance in favor of life, advocated by Friedrich Nietzsche who was a one-time follower of Schopenhauer.
* Natalism, the counterpoint to antinatalism
* Population control in order to decrease population growth.
* Voluntary human extinction movement


* Morgan, Philip and Berkowitz King, Rosalind, "Why Have Children in the 21st Century? Biological Predisposition, Social Coercion, Rational Choice", "European Journal of Population" 17: 3–20, 2001
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