Abortion Rights Symbolize Our Road To Survival Or Chaos

By Donald A. Collins | 27 September 2021
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One of the many abortion rights pioneers I have had the pleasure to work with over the decades was Judy Widdicombe whose life you can read about here.

You may have seen my earlier piece on other efforts to provide abortion services here.

As I argue there, equality for women provides the best birth control for Earth’s creatures to survive. However, the bottom line of success in this urgent need for attention is choice.

In light of the current assaults on choice in Texas and presumably to be subsequently coming from by the Trump packed Supreme Court, I feel writing about choice and putting choice in a larger context might be useful.

Perhaps the current controversy will encourage you to watch in this site the film “Whose Choice?” about early days when abortion was not legal.

The right to a safe abortion for all women worldwide symbolizes the road to planetary survival in a safe, sustainable future or a road to continued disruption and decline into an dangerous, unpredictable future.

Why? Population size, well documented by credible experts, is now in urgent need of reduction as we grapple with climate change and growing disaffections of people who are feeling the pressure of the human impact on their environment everywhere.

You may well be aware of the population size problem, which many including me have repeatedly reported on. But to repeat, now Earth has to sustain nearly 8 billion humans worldwide, our numbers having grown 4 times in my 90 year lifetime. Now experts such as Sir David Attenborough project our species to reach 11 billion by 2100. You can read my recent book “We humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 billion By 2100” here.

Obviously providing safe, free contraception is vital, but the most acute symbol of female rights to be guaranteed is their right to choose.

The US and the other great world powers seek more and more domination, which will evaporate into a miasma of disaster if human numbers keep growing. There will be no way to contain dissent and conflict except perhaps by lethal dictatorships once or if ours and other democracies have proved unable to survive.

When will that happen? The possibility for that condition has well began in numerous places in China, North Korea and elsewhere.

And how about another pressure unresolved, immigration? Watching the desperate flight of many to cross our borders symbolizes our plight. We simply cannot, like all other free nations, absorb the growing numbers of disaffected, desperate people now floating in limbo worldwide, as we can vividly see in pictures on our media daily. The need for our democracy and others underlines the long deferred passage of firm, fair and enforceable immigration laws which, as populations grow and politics get more divisive, become more and more elusive.

Let’s get our priorities straight. Climate repair, if it can be done in time, but again that is not clearly possible, won’t keep our fragile planet from the destroying surfeit of human numbers.

Can we penetrate the male dominated countries where Taliban type regimes rule or even our country where some religions seem inflexible to persuasion?

Two points. The number of countries rigidly opposed to reproductive choices does not include China or India. Your can read their laws here:



Second, American practicing Catholics including President Biden are already on board for choice and family planning. Over half US Catholics believe abortion should be legal and over 60 percent of all Americans believe the same. You can read about that here.

My constant larger concern remains. That world leaders keep ignoring the population issue. Reducing human numbers is the mandatory route to future human peace and sustainable life on Earth.

The symbol of choice for women is no longer in the realm of activists heroines like Judy Widdicombe or even now as we are told repeatedly about the projected bad growth outcomes from the majority of well-respected academics.

The dangers of present human numbers now urgently presents us with the glaring reality of what befalls humans failing to acknowledge and act on enabling women the right to choose worldwide.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, D.C., 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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