Nothing may demonstrate the disconnect between sex and childrearing better than the evergreen debate over abortion. Rand aggressively advocated the “right” of mothers to kill their unborn children:
An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn).
Abortion is a moral right—which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. Who can conceivably have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her own body?
Thus Rand strangely deviated from her vaunted law of identity, the Aristotelian assertion that a thing is what it is. Through some mystical process which Rand – like all abortionists – takes for granted without ever actually demonstrating, a child emerges on the day of its birth having not existed as such mere moments before. Certainly, it can be objectively demonstrated that a being does not exist as such prior to its conception. But prior to its birth? How did it exist in the womb, as a loaf of bread?
A connection can be drawn from Rand’s belief that a child is not such until born, to her omission of children as a consideration when engaging in sex. From her perspective, which matches that of abortionists everywhere, the choice to procreate exists completely separate from the choice to have sex. If indeed “a child cannot acquire any rights until it is born,” the choice to have a child need not be made until birth, and has nothing whatsoever to do with sex.
Though atheistic, Rand condemned a few choices as sin, including the refusal to think and the rejection of reality. Detaching the sex act from its natural consequence commits both. Sex may result in children. Competent adults know that going in, and stand responsible for the lives of any children they may produce regardless.
There exists a certain irony in the fact that, while Rand’s overall philosophy remains on the fringes of popular culture, her views regarding sex, reproduction, and parenthood have been roughly and broadly adopted. Granted, most abortionists arrive at Rand’s view in parallel through a haphazard adoption of ideas, not a thoughtful consideration of her (or any) philosophy.