Soon there will be 10 billion of us; we're straining the environment! "Humans – the real threat to life on Earth"
Satirical take on the prejudice childfree women face.
"Given that abortion is such an incredibly common and safe medical experience — 1 in 3 people who can get pregnant will have at least one — it's amazing and appalling how marginalized it is in most areas. We didn't cover it in my medical school classes, although we spent countless hours on rare genetic diseases. I wouldn't have been taught during my family medicine residency, if I hadn't had the connections via MSFC to seek it out independently. And when you go into practice, even as an OB-GYN, the default assumption is that you won't provide abortions."
An article worth a read, about why people have children. According to the story, people who don't have children are often seen as selfish - not wanting to give up their own freedoms. There is no mention about people who HAVE children being selfish - by imposing a greater population on the world.
Letter to the editor, The Guardian (UK): "Monbiot presents an outdated “either-or” approach to sustainability, where wiser dietary choices must supersede slowing down and stopping rapid human population growth as an environmental priority. This is a needless and false choice. Meat production is intricately tied to global population – in fact, the industry’s justification for increasing the number of livestock on the planet is to feed the growing number of people."
30% of New Yorkers have just one child - so what's with the stigma surrounding only children? A few myths busted:
Give women the right to choose safely! "Abortion is illegal in Nigeria but 1.25m abortions occurred there in 2012"
Hearteningly, Ethiopia's fertility rate has seen a big drop since the 1990s. Access to family planning is a key reason, but "a quarter of all women who need contraceptives are still not able to get them" in the country.
"Ayenalem Daw, a mother of six living in Weyo Rafu Hargisa village about a four-hour-drive out of Addis Ababa, is in her late thirties.
She says if she had heard about family planning earlier, she would have had four children."
(Although Hans Rosling later erroneously says that population growth is not a problem, poverty is - ignoring that these two evils perpetuate each other)
Nicki is Childfree - Think Small Family Stickers
PM CEO, Simon Ross, took part in a debate on Al Jazeera, yesterday, on the China One Child Policy and global human population growth. Can the other species on the planet survive 10 or 12 billion humans?
This quote from Population Matters patron David Attenborough runs contrary to the growth fetish that politicians and the voting public often share.
Our expansion always comes at the expense of habitat for other animals. We are one species among millions.