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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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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-08-04
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Description of consumption patterns nor enhancement of the status of women will produce a drop in the growth rate in themselves; declines in population growth rates are associated with these things, but these things do not cause drops in population growth. What causes drops in population growth, independent of changes in the death rates, is less childbearing, and that means that a completed pregnancy is less frequently the outcome of whatever sexual activity may occur. II. THE SOLUTION. I think there is a solutionâ€"at least a partial solutionâ€"to the conflict between the neoMalthusians and the feminist defenders of reproductive rights. This solution depends on noticing what appears to be a minor increment in modern reproductive technologyâ€"but is actually one with major implications. It is easy to notice; but it is difficult to decide what to make of it. I don't know whether you will perceive what I want to discuss as a recommendation, a prediction, a Utopian fantasy, a totalitarian plot, a hypothetical conjecture, or a realistic solution; I do know that the topic of contraception often produces discomfort. But it is important to examine the facts. This will mean observing something about the way in which we use contraception, and then noticing that we have already at hand the mechanism of substantial change. Contraception: How we've done it in the past, how we can do it now. What I want to explore is the prospect of what I shall call "changing the default mechanism" in human reproduction. This is a bigâ€"but very simpleâ€"idea. As things now workâ€"to get right down to the facts of life as directly as possibleâ€"unless something is done to prevent it, in about one occasion in five of sexual intercourse between a male and a female during the female's fertile period, pregnancy results. In this sense, we can say, pregnancy is the normal or "default" outcome of sexual intercourse. To be sure, we have many ways of preventing this outcome. Methods of female contraception, which have in the past included an enormous variety of potions, plugs, timing devices, ...II ...
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Source Original Manuscript: Sex & consequences : world population growth vs. reproductive rights? by Margaret P. Battin.
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