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"did I had an extremely expensive wife - she would see a new car that she liked and just buy it... under California law I was bound to buy her debts. I think I turned out 16 novels in five years."
- Philip K. Dick

Universal Sterilization Law  
  All young people were sterilized, and replacement people were generated artificially.  

Synthetic babies were created to ensure the continuation of the human species.

“When all was ready, the Universal Sterilization Law was passed. All young people were required to spend a few minutes under a special form of radium ray when they reached a certain age and no one was allowed to enter into a companionate marriage until this had been done. The continued supply of material for future use was provided for by one of the sections of this act which stated that all young women were to take an examination and those who were nearly perfect in every way were required to submit to an Oophorectomy and were compensated for this by special pensions and privileges denied other women. In regard to this, I need not remind you that it was one of our reasons for fleeing from modern civilization. It was a danger that threatened you in all its horror.

“Anyway, the machinery was finally set into motion. The records show that the last child was born on the western continent on July 4th, 3009..."

From A Biological Experiment, by David H. Keller.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1928
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