Birth Control Needs Unmet Now Are Key To Human Survival

By Donald A. Collins | 4 April 2022
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Well-meaning people of all political and religious beliefs frequently come to irreconcilable positions on such issues as abortion.

Arguments from either side are read and rejected and the divisive and crippling battle continues.

That human efforts in improving human health have profoundly effective as disease after disease has been brought under control. Progress on COVID is occurring.

Homo sapiens lifetimes have doubled since 1800 or even more rapidly according to a National Academy of Science story you can read here.

Two more population growth stories, again showing human progress can be read here and here.

The partitioning of India in 1947 when the British left also left much of the human population in poor condition. The history of time can be read here.

In the April 3, NY Times a moving article appeared entitled How Six Nuns Transformed India in 1947.

It tells of the dedicated efforts of a small group of nuns aided by others in helping alleviate many adverse conditions there.

As with the splendid advances in human progress before now and since, the then seemingly improbable question was seldom asked about the effect of the growth of human numbers and their effect of the survival of all living things on our long-term survivability.

You may recall my earlier reference to an early call to arms from the book “Our Plundered Planet” by Fairfield Osborn in 1948 or the recent admonitions from Sir David Attenborough in my last Op Ed.

Too bad the question was not asked or implemented, as that was the root of the inescapable problems our tiny orb faces today; the young people like Greta Thunberg get it, but few world leaders seem to.

Now, as the issues of climate change and environmental degradation become in need of urgent action, the historic urge for more human growth and planetary destruction becomes untenable.

Thus, as credible experts inform us, human numbers can be slowly, safety and peacefully reduced to allow long term human and other of earthy creatures to survive.

Enabling worn women to achieve equality starts with enabling them to regulate the number of children they wish.

Obvious impediments to attaining that goal. But our survival is now on the line. So, let’s get past squabbles about birth control and concentrate on fixing Trump’s evils and his alter ego Putin who must be stopped or his attacks on NATO’s nearby Baltic States.

To repeat my suggestion that we concentrate on a key next step: “The urgent corrections if we pursue them now could safely and peacefully bring us long term habitability on Earth. Their enablement rests on enlightened leadership which our present global educational capacity could enable its dissemination in time to avert the demise of our species. Its start could be by implementing the inexpensive yet profoundly effective of making sure Women Deserve Free Contraception, the title of a book by my son, Donald A. Collins, Jr which you can access for 99 cents on Amazon and read on your own Kindle.”

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 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?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” and “Vote”.

Human Population Through Time

How Birth Control Changed the World

Sir David Attenborough on overpopulation

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet | Official Trailer | Netflix

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