Population Matters

Welcome to Population Matters

July 7th, 2009

Welcome to Population Matters, the Population Institute’s new blog.

We want to foster a public dialogue on matters related to population, family planning and reproductive health. That’s because population matters and it matters a lot.

It matters, first and foremost, to women who want to space or limit their pregnancies, but who lack the knowledge or access to the modern methods of contraception that would allow them to do so. It also matters to their families. Family planning and reproductive health services contribute to healthier families and, in many developing countries, can increase the chances that children will get the education and other services that they need. It’s also important to gender equity; girls and women who are able to decide when to give birth have a much better chance of realizing their dreams, whether it’s finishing school, starting a business, or just raising a healthy family.

But in a world threatened by climate change, environmental degradation, resource depletion, and even conflict, giving women the ability to space or limit their pregnancies takes on even larger significance.  A lot hinges on whether women understand their reproductive choices and have access to modern contraceptives. We need to talk openly and honestly about those implications.

From time to time, we will be inviting guest bloggers to contribute to Population Matters. We may not agree with everything they say, but we want to promote a vigorous discussion. We invite your readership and comments.

Also, if you would like to join my mailing list to receive a daily article or editorial on population issues, please sign up at www.populationmedia.org/who/subscribe-to-pmc/.

William Ryerson

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