I have a friend who insists on using the term "lifestyle choice" when referring to anyone's decision to have a baby. Every time she says it it makes me want to jump up and down and rant a little, but so far I've resisted.
My view is that while having a child is technically a choice, to call it a "lifestyle choice" reduces it to the same level as material items, recreational activities, and at best career choices. And I don't believe the propagation of the species should be reduced to this. Further, is it a choice if all of us, my friend included, are relying on people to have babies? Old age ain't going to be so pretty if there's no-one around to change her bed pan.
What are your thoughts?
ETA To clarify, the term usually comes up in the context of her career or taxation/government benefit issues. She is offended that her lifestyle choices aren't viewed by her employer, government or society in the same way as those of a pregnant woman. For example she doesn't get special leave or consideration to pursue her lifestyle choices.