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  1. Chris Cut Wars McCabe April 28, 2012 at 3:16 am |

    Again the hype that providing contraceptive services to poorer women ‘opens the door to abuses’, when lack of contraceptive services is an abuse in itself. High population makes life & labour cheap for capitalism, &  the higher the population, the greater chance of famine, disease, resource depletion. 

    1. Ian Angus April 28, 2012 at 8:03 am |

      Another populationist who doesn’t read. No one said that “providing contraceptive services to poorer women ‘opens the door to abuses.’” I said, paraphrasing Katie:

      “linking the provision of contraception and other reproductive health services to population reduction opens the door to abuses.”

      That’s a very different statement. We strongly favor making contraception, abortion and other reproductive health services universally available as a matter of right. We oppose promoting such services as a means of population reduction. When Malthusian goals are adopted, women suffer.

      Current cases in point: 

      BBC News: Uzbekistan’s policy of secretly sterilising women

      International Business Times: India’s Sterilization Camps See Rural Women Treated Like Cattle

  2. jlfittro April 27, 2012 at 11:27 am |

    Also the Rockefeller/Ford Foundation, bill gates, ngo’s of the the wealthy promote the population myth as diversion from the catastrophic damage done to our planet by their corporate mining, timber, gas & oil drilling.  To me it’s the same as the cigarette smoker vs. the chemical valleys many of us live in.  Yes cigarettes cause cancer but why no discussion of the real culprits who saturate our environment with carcinogenic chemicals.

  3. Jeremy_Benway April 25, 2012 at 2:22 am |

    I thought Betsy Hartmann was over-the-top with her fearmongering claims that everyone concerned with overpopulation is ultimately racist and sexist. But her colleague at PopDev, Katie McKay Bryson, has outdone her with the claim at if Lisa Hymas publicly talks about why she chose not to have kids, she’s encouraging forced sterilization. And then with the conviction common to all authoritarians, she actually tells Hymas to stop talking.

    For an institution housed in a college, PopDev, is remarkably lacking in critical thinking or self-awareness.

    1. Ian Angus April 25, 2012 at 8:10 am |

      Katie McKay Bryson gave a brilliant and powerful talk. It’s too bad that Jeremy didn’t read it.

      Katie did not say that everyone who talks about not having kids favors forced sterilization.

      She said that no matter how good their intentions may be, linking the provision of contraception and other reproductive health services to population reduction opens the door to abuses that will fall most heavily on the poorest and most vulnerable women.

      That’s not speculation – again and again, family programs motivated by a desire to reduce population have led to coercion, violence, and worse.

      And she said that promoting your personal reproductive decisions as environmentally superior to those of women who don’t have your power or position is no way to build a movement for women’s rights.

      Contraception and other reproductive health services must be promoted and defended as “good, and powerful, and necessary in their own right,” not as means to achieve population reduction or any other externally-determined goals.

      1. ConsumerTrap April 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

         +1 Ian.  Not to mention that the choice whether to reproduce means wildly different things in different wealth zones.  Yammering about not having kids from the First World’s middle classes is ignorant and, yes, offensive.

  4. ConsumerTrap April 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |

    Population growth is overwhelmingly caused by poverty/the maldistribution of wealth and income on this planet.  Few things could be more obvious from the observed facts of the matter.  Where daily necessities and comfort in retirement are secure, people have few kids.  And vice versa.

  5. Chris Cut Wars McCabe April 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm |

    Concern over population isn’t the same as approving forced sterilization or abortion. Abuses of women’s reproductive rights are heinous crimes, but the time has come to proceed with caution, particularly in the light of climate change.
     We also need to be very wary of all the motherhood schmaltz that’s aimed at us; people who don’t have a vocation for parenting should not be cajoled or bullied into it. 

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