Abortion as Population Control

by Cierra Martin on March 28, 2014

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Cierra K. Martin

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February 21, 2014

Abortion as a Population Control

We look to China and seem perplexed because of their one child policy, but is the idea as crazy as it seems or is it something other countries should have adher to as well? We live in a world with approximately 7 billion people; can the environment sustain us all? With the population explosion of birth rates surpassing death rates, today’s 1.2% population growth rate (Nadakavukaren 55), and the rapid increase of doubling time rates are questioning if we’re close to reaching our carrying capacity. Many methods of decreasing the rapid influx of the world’s population are tying into the presence of diseases and demographic transitions of certain countries, specifically European, where the elderly are living longer than the children. Solutions such as replacement migration are being analyzed, sending “over a million migrants, both legal and illegal” (Nadakavuaren 45) into Europe to stabilize and help solve Europe’s future demographic problem. Then there are African countries that have the world’s highest growth rates. Population control is urgent in overpopulation parts of the world. One specific attempt in limiting the world’s population is the limitation of family size. Many families throughout history have attempted in multiple ways to prevent unwanted births (Nadakavukaren 55). Birth control is becoming a health impact…

Measures of contraception, birth intervals, and the limitations on how many children a family can have are playing a questionable role in monitoring population. Contraception comes in multiple forms such as injections, sterilization, implants, and the most popular used form, condoms. Surprisingly, and yet disturbingly, is the common use of abortions, contributing to the infanticide in certain impoverished countries. Abortions are used as the last resort when all other contraceptives fail. Public attitudes have prevailed about the quality of life, whether to legalize or permit abortions. In some cases, the question of whether funding will even be given to poorer women who may want or need an abortion and cannot afford it. It was found that 97% of countries lack any abortion providers (Nadakavukaren 58). With these restrictions on abortions, not only are impoverished women being affected, but also so are young women. If women are unable to afford surgical abortions performed by doctors, other methods are used. This can partly cause misinformed abortions with unclean equipment, or medical abortions, such as pills that act as an abortion. This leads to the “decline in surgical abortions…and rise in medical abortions” (Nadakavukaren 59). Such invasive surgeries leave women weakened with the possibility of chronic problems in the long-term. Unsafe abortion can result in infertility, damage to the uterus and so forth. These are complications women are subdued to, due to the population control implements.

Abortion as a population control is affecting the women more than anyone else. With the improper use of contraceptives, abortion is becoming a reliant contraception. Abortions are happening both on a basis of situational for women and an easy fix solution to the problems that arise with pregnancy. If contraceptives were more properly and frequently used, the number of abortions can begin to decrease, and become more of a last result and less as a population control factor.

Works Cited

Nadakavukaren, A. (2011). Our global environment: A health perspective. Prospect

Heights, IL: Waveland Press, Inc

 

 


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