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BIRTH CONTROL: Humane way to curb population

Letter by David C. Ogilvie, Gig Harbor on April 2, 2012 at 11:17 am | 52 Comments »
April 2, 2012 1:23 pm

Anyone who follows the news has, no doubt, noticed the very spirited debate on contraception – to use or not to use, to fund or not to fund. And after a month or so of charges and counter-charges – faith-based, secular and political – it seems to have ended in a stalemate.

Whether women gained additional rights or insurance-covered contraception, I’m not sure, but I do believe they won a moral victory. Daring to speak truth to power was courageous and, in time, I believe, will benefit all of us.

As fellow inhabitants of an overcrowded planet, we all face the same problem. A growing number of people competing for diminishing resources will only get worse as we multiply. As we have done in the past, we could rely on war, famine, disease and natural disaster to stabilize the population, but I think it’s much more humane to practice effective birth control.

So, I say thanks to all the determined, well-informed women who fight for their rights.

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