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Aniston defends single mothers

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Aug 09, 2010 | 5:00am EDT

The Friends actress plays an unmarried woman who chooses artificial insemination to have children in upcoming film The Switch.

Aniston has previously admitted she would consider going down the same route in real life, because she "wouldn't rule anything out" in a quest to fall pregnant.

Now the 41-year-old star has defended single women who decide to have a baby because she doesn't agree everyone must conform to a "traditional" family.

She says, "Women are realising it more and more knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child. Times have changed and that is also what is amazing... that we do have so many options these days, as opposed to our parents' days when you can't have children because you have waited too long.

"The point of the movie is what is it that defines family? It isn't necessarily the traditional mother, father, two children and a dog named Spot. Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere. That is what I love about this movie. It is saying it is not the traditional sort of stereotype of what we have been taught as a society of what family is."

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