|Originally posted by hydrangea
....I am very concerned about the environment and the future of this planet and the people on it, and believe that one of the many things that will help is if we are able to slow down the population growth. I am bringing this up because this thread has been posted underspirituality and so far has only been addressed from a Christian perspective. My fear of overpopulation is strongly tied in with my own personal earth-loving spirituality so I thought I'd share this perspective.
This is entirely strange because I was just thinking "maybe these commercials are part of a growing "slow down the population growth movement" I sense in our culture." And then I read Hydrangeas post, which seemed to partly confirm this.
I don't understand how if we raise earth concious and caring children, (which BTW the can only happen if we spend money on educating pregnant mothers and fathers about earth friendly baby and child care, vs. spending money on ad campaining that pushes abortion and sterilization) 3, 6 or even 10 if you choose to do so this is irresponsible, not that you said that, hydrangea.
Frankly the push for ab's and sterilization without much resist from the general public scares me, aren't those the two most private sectors of a womans life? I am shocked that women stand for ANY kind of "being told what is best for her and her baby" behavior in todays world!
Back to the population thing. I was actually watching George Carlin the other night and he did a little humor about how we humans are so completely conceited and self-centered to actually think that after all our world has been through since the beginning of its existence, that we little speck of a nothing humans can actually destroy it! It was so funny. He said the earth, when it decides to will just shake us off like a bad case of a virus, funny stuff.
I know this is not funny stuff though, going on public t.v. (which we know almost everyone sees) and pushing ab's on young, confused and mostly important women in need of emotional and caring support from others. As a woman now who in her young adult years had an ab because no one cared to tell me I would survive being a young mother, or that anyone would be able to give of themselves to help me out, including my parents of whom I was too embarrased to tell... I can say now that I sure wish I had not been desenitized to abortion. I sure wish that the clinic did not make the choice seem so appealing and "easy". I sure wish that there were more programs for young pregnant women where they felt important, loved and supported by mothers who have done this before them... instead of those commercials giving young women a "quick" fix to "all" their problems of being unexpectantly pregnant. Who knows, that unexpected baby may just have been mine and others best plan and gift for our lives that we missed out on.
Totally IMO, I think that complaining or worrying about the population at the cost of derailing someone's individual life is more selfish to me. We can use our population concern energy to come up with better ways to care for our earth as best we can, while still putting womens needs in first place, IMO.
We should not treat these unplanned pregnancies as a "worldy" problem that we don't want affecting "our" comfy little individual lives, but rather as a way to reach out to women and find out individually, what is best for HER and her baby. My .02, probably not popular opinion but hey, we've all got one and this is the place to share it.