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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 retains the greater degree of control over the reproductive outcome of their intercourse. For the greatest degree of reproductive freedom, of course, both men and women would be users of similarly long-term, user-independent contraceptive technologies, and the achievement of pregnancy would require considered choices and deliberate acts on the part of both parties. It would take two to tango, so to speak, and conception could not occur without the voluntary, deliberate participation of both male and female. We have the female part of the technology for such a world now; we can see the male part on the horizon. And we can see how the the universal use of these technologies would produce both a dramatic drop in the birthrate and a concomitant gain in reproductive freedom. Neither effect might be completeâ€"the drop in the birthrate might not reduce population growth rates to zero, and reproductive freedom could still be violated when one partner coerced the other into requesting removal of the device. But compared to present circumstances, gains both in limiting population growth and in enhancing reproductive freedom would be enormous. This is the central idea I have wanted to bring to you. III. PROBLEMS WITH THE SOLUTION? What if everybody did it? But in asking this question, we have skipped over what may seem to be a crucial element, especially if reproductive liberty is at issue: how might it come to be the case that everybody did it? Doesn't this have a coercive, almost fascist ring to it, suggesting state control, involuntary imposition, the insertion of contraceptive devices into people with or without their consent? Wouldn't this be just another legacy of colonialism in the third world, just another manifestation of racist policies in American urban ghettoes, just another expression of "controlista" attitudes on the part of population-controllers? Isn't it important to know just how it might come to be the case that "everybody" did it? When I said at the outset that I was uncertain whether you would perceive what I am discussing here as a recommendation, a prediction, a Utopian fantasy, a totalitarian plot, a hypothetical conjecture, or a realistic solution, it was this point that I had in ...|8...
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Source Original Manuscript: Sex & consequences : world population growth vs. reproductive rights? by Margaret P. Battin.
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