Equality For Women Provides Best Birth Control For Earth’s Creatures Survival

By Donald A. Collins | 8 September 2021
Church and State

The US state of Texas has enacted the strictest anti-abortion law in the country, banning all abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

Clearly most wealthy nations have come to realize and utilize the huge untapped wealth in helping and fostering more women joining the work force in every possible capacity.

While Geraldine Ferraro failed to be elected as VP when she ran with Walter Mondale in 1984 as the all-male Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket era with us since its inception in 1789 was then over, but then unaccomplished with success.

The UK’s Iron Lady, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel long successful service confirmed the issue long before our first female VP Kamala Harris was installed this Spring.

Getting Donald Trump instead of the competent, knowledgeable and much more honorable Hillary Clinton in 2016 could well lead to our democracy’s continuing anguish.

The current sad GOP failure to even cooperate in governance will be far less likely to continue if our leaders from both parties continue to cultivate and empower women in every realm of our public life from top civic to political roles.

For example, as an earlier piece of mine I suggested, if Kamala Harris is re-elected VP with a Biden second term who knows how long before we might have a female President? Your can read my July 3, 2021 Op Ed entitled “Let’s Think About Taking Our Trump Re-election Insurance!” here.

The recent ignominious exit of NY Governor Cuomo allowed a powerful governorship to go to a female, Kathy Hochul.

Read the list of female US Governors here.

Picking people with testicles over people with vaginas no longer need be the criteria for selecting a chief executive as the big US corporate world has already demonstrated. Read here.

Still too small a number of females–less than 8 percent of Fortune 500 companies have women CEOs–but some women head some very large companies such as GM’s Mary Barr’s or Citigroup’s Jane Frazier.

NOW back to the main present anomaly: who among the developed world’s countries besides the USA select vaginas for special exclusion such as the current attack on Roe by the new Texas law?

Of course, we male impregnaters are not yet under attack, but who knows the extent of possible aggressive Texas new laws about males who create unwanted pregnancies?

Can we now anticipate a Texas statute banning males from getting vasectomies?

My friends at the Male Contraceptive Initiative have many options for these unindicted co-pregnancy conspirators. Read about them here.

The model for providing abortion as well as reasonable sex education to young people in the Netherlands whose policies are simple, adaptable and inexpensive.

This description of the Dutch treatment was sent to me by my sister in law, Judith Kahrl, founder of Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR):

“In the Netherlands, abortion is freely available on demand. Yet the Netherlands boasts the lowest abortion rate in the world and the complication and death rates for abortion are minuscule. How do they do it? First of all, contraception is widely available and free—it’s covered by the national health insurance plan. Holland also carries out extensive public education on contraception, family planning, and sexuality. Of course, some people say that teaching kids about sex and contraception will only encourage them to have lots of sex. But Dutch teenagers tend to have less frequent sex starting at an older age, than American teenagers, and the Dutch teenage pregnancy rate is 6 times lower than in the US.”

Even older women (certification of Grandmother status is not required) can join Judy in helping here in the backward USA with the choice issue by relating their financial and experiential support for the kind approaches the Dutch have made so successful.

As their web site tells us:

“Become a GRR! Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR) works through education and advocacy to secure for younger generations access to the reproductive rights, justice, and healthcare or which our generation fought so hard”

Back to female equality as the key criteria for the future of our planet, we now know that human numbers must be reduced if sustainable life can be maimed on Earth, as you can read in my recently published book on Amazon, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion By 2100?”.

Those millions of desperately poor women are now trapped in limited life roles by males—from Taliban types to feckless male bureaucrats—in nations all over the world. The immigration crises can’t be solved without curbing the religious and secular limitations imposed on women everywhere.

FHI360, an NGO on whose board I served for many years has initiated a promising effort to foster systemic change for adolescent girls overseas which you can read about here.

Briefly here is what FHI 360 is planning:

“Join a virtual roundtable with leaders from FCDO and USAID on October 6th, 2021, to discuss how both agencies, their delivery partners, and partner governments are fostering systemic change for gender equality in education, with a focus on adolescent girls. The discussion brings together FCDO and USAID leaders in gender equality and education, adolescent girls, national government representatives, and delivery partners. It will demonstrate how sustainable partnerships can maximize global efforts to build back better in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, support systemic change so that more girls can stay in school, be safe and learn, and open up a deeper dialogue about inclusive education.”

A massive effort worldwide by all nations is now urgently needed. It must be aimed at giving all women choice, which should mean all a full life choices including positions of power. To date most have been male occupied. The prolonged failure of present mostly male leaders to do so will render an Earthly chaos sooner than most people imagine as many pressures caused by the excess numbers of consumers our finite planet, are creating needless war, disease, and climate changes which will continue rapidly to accumulate.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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