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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
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Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description tion-control programs in the developing world, especially by authoritarian countries that associate China's population control with its sudden economic success. If such China-copying population-control programs are adopted, they will be, I fear, far more draconian and much more subject to ethnic bias, favoritism, and veiled genocide in limiting reproductive freedom than China's has been. After all, China's policy has at least been fairly egalitarianâ€"one child per couple, with only a few exceptionsâ€"but then China has not been as split by ethnic tensions as many developing nations and has retained a comparatively egalitarian Marxist legacy. Yet China provides a widely noticed example, and, for countries alert to current predictions of "winners" and "losers" in the 21st century, to use Paul Kennedy's phrase, and to the surmise that being among the winners is based among other things on a nation's capacity for population control, the model may be tempting. Some 85% of the third world's population now lives in countries in which the government considers the fertility rate too high.*" China's enforced policy could well become the model for some of these nations, but I do not think the picture would be nearly as pretty in nations where ethnic, racial, and economic tensions are much more extreme and where traditions of individual rightsâ€"especially women's rightsâ€"are even flimsier. African-American women understand this sort of threat to reproductive freedom very well, having often been singled out as the target of nonvoluntary, race-motivated selective population-control programs, but I think most other Americans assume two dangerous things: it doesn't matter if it happens somewhere else, and it can't happen here. Perhaps most treacherous in this debate is the floating assumptionâ€"without persuasive empirical basisâ€"that population growth will "level off," whether at 7.8 billion, or 10 billion, or 12.5 billion, sometime in the next century. This is yet another form of denial, since it suggests that the problem will somehow "go away" or resolve itself after just around one more doublingâ€"give or take a couple of billion peopleâ€"of the current population. It trades on the assumption that development, redistribution, and education will continue to send birthrates ...9...
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Source Original Manuscript: Sex & consequences : world population growth vs. reproductive rights? by Margaret P. Battin.
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