This is another book by Lois McMaster Bujold, sort of side book in the same series I have been reading. Of all of the books, this is my least favorite. The plot wasn't as entertaining and the issues she wanted too explore weren't dealt with very effectively.
The main reason I didn't like it was the annoying use of a cliched idea. The concept of changing something about society to discuss issues within our own society is very well known and used often. It works especially well with science fiction and fantasy since that is one of the basic premises. But blaming some sort of catastrophic and bizarre shift on a fringe religious group gets on my nerves, especially when it is done clumsily.
Taking all the women out of a society so you can look at reproductive policies when cloning or artificial methods are the only ones available could be done in a lot of ways, but I really didn't like this version of it.
Ethan of Athos. Lois McMaster Bujold. Baen Books. 1992