I actually had a family doctor (a man) who told me that until I have a child, I am not truly and fully a woman.
I changed doctors.
And this was only 12 years ago.
I wanted my tubes tied when I was 34 years old because I knew I didn't want children. I had a boyfriend at the time who already had a daughter from a previous marriage.
The hospital I was dealing with wouldn't do the operation until I was past childbearing years. I insisited and they asked me to fill out a lengthy questionnaire that would deem me fit to make such a choice.
We have a long way to go. Just because you are a woman, doesn't mean you have to have children!!!!