Black People : Abortion supporters see population control as Global Genocide on people of Color

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Published on Friday, December 4, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
    Family Planning for the Planet a.k.a. Population Control–Disingenuous Patriarchy That Does Not Empower Women
    by CommonDreams.org
    by Lucinda Marshall

    The U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA)’s recent report, “Climate Change Connections: Gender and Population’s” [1] linkage between access to family planning and reproductive healthcare and climate change has led to some troubling analysis regarding population control. According to the overview of the report,
    The world’s population is forecast to grow from today’s 6.7 billion to between 8.0 and 10.5 billion by 2050. The majority of this growth is likely to be concentrated in areas and among populations—poor, urban and coastal—that are already highly
    vulnerable to climate change impacts. Population growth typically means increased emissions. However, demographic factors such as household size, age structure of the population and urbanization also affect emissions patterns and energy use.
    Further, unsustainable consumption and per capita emissions are generally much higher in rich, industrialized countries. In this context, it’s important to remember that population is not just about numbers, it’s about people.

    Many of the policies that affect population trends—such as more educational opportunities for girls, greater economic opportunities for women and expanded access to reproductive health and family planning—can also reduce vulnerability to
    climate change impacts and slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, helping to ensure adequate energy and sustainable development for all.

    Yet as I pointed out last week [2],

    The U.N. Population Fund acknowledged it had no proof of the effect that population control would have on climate change. “The linkages between population and climate change are in most cases complex and indirect,” the report said.

    It also said that while there is no doubt that “people cause climate change,” the developing world has been responsible for a much smaller share of world’s greenhouse gas emissions than developed countries.

    Nonetheless, articles such as this from Agence France Presse, [3] were quick to focus on reducing births in developing countries:

    In the world’s poorest countries, where 99 percent of the growth of the world’s population will occur over the next four decades, reduced fertility would be a boon for adaptation.

    It would mean fewer demands on the environment and fewer people exposed to water stress, floods, poor harvests, bad storms and loss of their homes.

    “How Niger is going to feed a population growing from 11 million today to 50 million in 2050 in a semi-arid country which may be facing climate change is unclear,” Lord Adair Turner, a British businessman and academic, observed crisply.


    While it has been excruciatingly difficult for women in poorer countries to gain access to family planning because of fundamentalist governments, the influence of religious institutions, the U.S. Global Gag Order, etc. despite overwhelming evidence that family planning would greatly increase women’s empowerment and well-being, it is disturbing that reproductive empowerment is now being touted as a panacea for combating climate change.

    It is instructive to look at which countries have the most people [4]:

    China – 1,330,044,544
    India – 1,147,995,904
    United States – 303,824,640
    Indonesia – 237,512,352
    Brazil – 196,342,592
    Pakistan – 172,800,048
    Bangladesh – 153,546,896
    Nigeria – 146,255,312
    Russia – 140,702,096
    Japan – 127,288,416
    and at those which are the biggest polluters [5]:

    Country Emissions (million tons CO2):

    China 6,027
    United States 5,769
    Russia1,587
    India 1,324
    Japan 1,236
    Germany 798
    Canada 572
    Britain 523
    South Korea 488
    Mexico 437
    Per-capita emissions (tons CO2/capita):

    United States 19.1
    Canada 17.37
    Russia11.21
    South Korea 10.09
    Germany 9.71
    Japan 9.68
    Britain 8.6
    South Africa 7.27
    France 5.81
    China 4.57
    In countries like the U.S., Germany, Japan, Britain, France and Canada, access to birth control is widespread, and China’s one child policy has clearly decreased the number of births in that country but yet these countries are top polluters. In fact these lists don’t even include poorer countries with the least amount of access to family planning. So where is the connection?

    Going back to the paragraphs I highlighted above, what concerns me is that while acknowledging that the U.S. and China are the worst offenders, the concern seems to be for poorer, darker countries where populations are expected to increase significantly even though they don’t make an appearance on the list of countries which are contributing the most to the degradation of the planet.

    Cut to the punch, in all these decades that we have been polluting like there’s no tomorrow, the more developed nations have been practicing a de facto kind of population control in poorer countries by not providing the necessary funds to combat malaria, hunger and HIV/AIDS. We’ve had little concern about the maternal mortality that kills hundreds of thousands of women in poor countries every year and we’ve done little to empower women in these nations.

    To be clear, you’ll get no argument from me that less humans would in general be better for the health of the planet. And unquestionably, we need to address the gendered impacts of climate change (which, incidentally are thoroughly detailed in the UNFPA report). But, and particularly against the backdrop of abortion rights being under the worst siege in decades in the U.S., linking population control and reproductive empowerment [6] is extremely troublesome. Betsy Hartmann [7] puts it well:

    A world of difference exists between services that treat women as population targets and those based on a feminist model of respectful, holistic, high-quality care.

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    IMO

    over population is the main problem facing humankind.
    most other problems stem from this one.

    if we do not reduce population the planet is doomed.
     
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    I think is more to do with so few hogging up so much of the worlds resources.
     
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    thank you, the post clearly shows the statistics of the highest populations and the lagest poluters but since the time of Hitler there has been a plan to of racial genocide to depopulate Africa under any excuse and take the resources!!
     
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    it is both/and not either/or

    and therein lies the problem.
    people all have an excuse.

    the problem is over population.

    there are other issues but the root problem is over population.
     
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    It seems like it would be a good solution to kill-off all the people in the U.S.A, china and russia! and then start sterilizing the other half of what is left!.
     
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    Hence is why some anti abortion advocates are running doubletalk, i.e., such are a part of that relative minority of the world's people who hog the majority of the world's resources, but what they fear is a reduction of their numbers, and they really couldn't care less what happens to the rest of us!

    So both of you are right!

    Also a difference between answering a question candidly and honestly:

    Rather than others being deceitful and dishonest, i. e., as to not reveal their true agendas, etc.

    Otherwise on point/on time comments, posters....

    :fyi:
     
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    That is exactly the point ,
    Excellent analysis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They claim to understand global warming but want and plan to tax the world for thier emmissions (COPENHAGEN)and tie in the population and modernization of Africa to the problem as a scapegoat.

    Also they claim to be againt abortion while promoting it in nations were there are those of African descent as the majority.

    George Orwell called it "Double Speak"
     
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    The effects of climate change will take care of the population problem. common sense 101. problem solved. As that famous Christian preacher and part-time economist Malthus used to say, strife, disease, climate change (lol), natural disasters are all good. They are nature's (or God's)way of controlling population. According to Malthus (the apologist for the elites of that time), we should not help the poor and downtrodden. By doing so we are causing an unnatural imbalance in population.
     
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    Thomas Malthus was one of the architects of White Supremacy
     
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