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May 11, 2011

Troubling numbers and topics (again)

by Geoff Grant

I was reading Nicholas Kristof‘s column in the New York Times this morning, and it still boggles my brain the number of subjects we can’t talk about as adults: Race. Abortion. Immigration. Gay rights. Sex. The list goes on and on. And one of those topics is family planning and contraceptives, which of course involves sex, and sometimes abortion.

The headline for Kristoff’s column read “Republicans back contraception for wild horses, cut it for humans”

Sad and true at the same time. But also a tad too flip for the topic at hand, which I guess is why it’s sad and true at the same time.

With the world’s population spinning out of control, at a time when we’re already struggling to feed everyone, it’s a topic that needs to be discussed. And then discussed some more.

As Kristof reported, there are very real consequences involved. “The U.N. estimates 215 million women worldwide want family planning, but are not using effective contraception. If those needs were met, the result would be 25 million fewer abortions each year and 94,000 fewer women dying of pregnancy complications.”

Those are troubling numbers. More troubling is our collective inability to deal with this issue.


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