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Title Sex and consequences: world population growth vs. reproductive rights?
Subject Birth control--Moral and ethical aspects; Population policy; Contraception
Description The 54th Annual Frederick Reynolds Lecture
Creator Battin, M. Pabst
Publisher Division of Continuing Education, University of Utah
Date 1994-05-25
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Resource Identifier,830
Source HQ766.2 B38 1994
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "Sex and consequences," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description In this 54th annual Reynolds Lecture, I'd like to address two grave problems: global population growth and reproductive rights. It might seem impossible to address these two problems at once, so much at odds the solutions may seem. After all, those worried about population growth insist that individual freedom to have children must be limited if the world is to survive, while those concerned with reproductive rights are adamant about protecting women's reproductive libertyâ€"the right to have the children one wants. I plan to step between these two opposing camps to show that, thanks to what may seem to be only a tiny, incremental development in reproductive technology, there is a way of accommodating both concernsâ€"both limiting children and having the children one wants. I. THE CONFLICT. World Population Growth. In 1798, Thomas Malthus argued in his famous "Essay on the Principle of Population" that human beings, like other species, may reproduce at a rate that outstrips the "carrying capacity" of the environment they inhabit and so doom themselves to devastation. Malthus' central idea is an extraordinarily simple one: because one reproductive pair can have more children than would simply replace themselves, and because each of these children, together with a reproductive mate, can also have more children than would replace themselves, population growth tends to be exponential. But humans, even if they eat other animal species that can also reproduce exponentially, are ultimately limited by the productive capacity of the land. Since arable land area is finite and since (to add modern concerns to the Malthusian argument) enhancement methods like fertilizers and hybridization of plants cannot provide indefinite expansion, cannot renew exhausted natural resources, and cannot guarantee complete disposal of pollutants and wasteâ€"if humans reproduce at a rate that exceeds the carrying capacity of their habitatâ€"the earthâ€"they will, literally, eat, litter, and excrete themselves out of house and home. When a species does exceed the carrying capacity of its environment, according to Malthu- ...3...
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Source Original Manuscript: Sex & consequences : world population growth vs. reproductive rights? by Margaret P. Battin.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
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