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#1 of 5 Old 10-31-2011, 07:31 AM - Thread Starter
 
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The UN has announced that the projected world population has now reached 7 billion people, sparking news stories about things like reproductive freedom, disease control, and modern medicine. Im interested to know what other mothers have to say about the rise in population, since we are contributing to the growth. This morning I have heard recounts of women in China being forced to terminate pregnancies at 8/9 months and how we need to broaden the reach of family planning educational programs.

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This is a weird one for me.  I find that I am often torn.  I think that overpopulation is a serious issue.  But I also have issues restricting a woman's ability/right to have children.

 

But then, I have only one child, and that is all I am likely to have, so I may not be the best person to comment.


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Forcing anyone to have a baby that they don't feel prepared to care for or forcing women to terminate pregnancies that they want are both huge human rights violations. Regardless of overpopulation issues, affordable, safe, and convenient access to contraception and education on family planning can only make our world a better place. If every couple had only the number of children that they as individuals actually wanted and if adequate medical care was in place to ensure that most of those children would be likely to survive to adulthood, the global population would be sustainable. As it stands now, it is not sustainable.

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Forcing anyone to have a baby that they don't feel prepared to care for or forcing women to terminate pregnancies that they want are both huge human rights violations. Regardless of overpopulation issues, affordable, safe, and convenient access to contraception and education on family planning can only make our world a better place. If every couple had only the number of children that they as individuals actually wanted and if adequate medical care was in place to ensure that most of those children would be likely to survive to adulthood, I the global population would be sustainable. As it stands now, it is not sustainable.

I so agree.
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Have any of you come across this video yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iodJ0OOdgRg

 

I thought it was very thought provoking and made some very valid points regard overpopulation and whether or not it is a myth.

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