Population Matters

Don’t Stay Silent

January 10th, 2012

For years now, social conservatives have set their sights on overturning Roe v. Wade.  Now, they want to overturn its antecedent, Griswold v. Connecticut, a U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized a “right to privacy” and struck down an old Connecticut law that banned contraception. 

As I outlined in blogs that I recently wrote for the Huffington Post and CARE2, public comments made by Rick Santorum have exposed what many have long suspected:  many anti-abortion advocates are also anti-contraception. 

After voters in New Hampshire reacted negatively to Santorum’s attack on family planning, Romney and other Republican presidential aspirants have taken steps to distance themselves from Santorum and his comments about Griswold.  But not very far.  In debates this past weekend, Romney opined about the improbability of any state voting to ban family planning, but he didn’t back off his pledge to abolish Title X, which provides low-income women in the U.S. with access to family planning and reproductive health services.  Nor has he changed his mind about a “personhood” amendment that would effectively ban several forms of modern contraceptives:  he’s still for it. 

Rick Perry still trumpets the fact that Texas this year cut state support for family planning clinics by two-third, and he still wants to ban abortions, even in the case of rape or incest.

Only time will tell how far these attacks on contraception and reproductive choice will go, but social conservatives have already succeeded in drastically cutting state support for family planning clinics in states like Texas and New Jersey.

It’s time, in this politically-charged year, for everyone who supports family planning and women’s rights to make their voices heard.  Call the campaigns.  Write a blog or a letter to the editor.  Post something on Facebook.  Tweet about it. Talk to your neighbors. But don’t stay silent.  Not now.

Posted by Robert J. Walker, President

4 Responses to “Don’t Stay Silent”

  1. Steven Earl Salmony Says:

    Scientists are abjectly failing to come to terms with uncontested scientific research of human population dynamics that indicates with remarkable simplicity and clarity how the population dynamics of the human species is essentially similar to the population dynamics of other species; that food is the primary causative agent of the population growth of species everywhere, including the human species. This single point continues to be discounted and all but denied. This is not to say that other factors are not present or influential. Human pollution, waste products, dissipation of Earth’s resources and degradation of its environs are also factors.

    We must come to a new, widely shared and consensually validated understanding about a single biological question: In the relationship between food and human population numbers which one is the dependent variable and which is the independent variable? Outdated, inadequately researched ‘scientific’ evidence has been broadcast ubiquitously during my lifetime. All that pseudoscientific research indicates that food is the dependent variable and human population numbers is the independent variable; that human beings grow food to meet the needs of a growing population. Perhaps this commonplace and conventional understanding of the relationship is upside down. Please consider that food is the independent variable and human population numbers is the dependent variable; that the recent, astonishing increase in the food supply for human consumption is causing the skyrocketing growth of absolute global human populations numbers on our watch.

  2. Steven Earl Salmony Says:

    Where are the scientists who will stand up and speak out loudly, clearly regarding the science of human population dynamics. On our watch the human community appears to be inadvertently precipitating emerging and converging global ecological challenges to future human well being and environmental health. This is no time for broadcasting self-serving ideological idiocy to deny what could be real nor is now the time for scientists to choose elective mutism when confronted with apparently unforeseen science, even when the science is unwelcome. Willfully denying the presence of a non-recursive biological problem, for example, does not mean the problem is not there.

    Take the example of the science of human population dynamics. Who is discussing the topic? The Story no one tells. This research is not even discussed by scientists with appropriate expertise. Silence prevails. Where can we find population biologists, conservation biologists, human ecologists and other similarly-situated experts to discuss extant scientific research… to tell The Story about the human overpopulation of Earth? Where are the population scientists who are ready, willing and able to talk about human population dynamics?

    What do we mean when we deploy the words, “human population dynamics”? Are human population dynamics essentially similar to, or different from, the population dynamics of other species? I would like to call on my facebook friends to help me find sensible ways to shed light on this subject. More than a decade has passed since I began trying unsuccessfully to bring this matter of concern to the attention of some of the most senior scientists. Mostly there was deafening silence. Occasionally a colleague would bury the research without noticing it to others or else would obstruct efforts to discuss this taboo topic. Why not break the silence and overcome the taboo by telling The Story about the science of human population dynamics and the human overpopulation of Earth? Let us not allow another year to pass by without a intellectually honest amd morally courageous discussion of this sort.

  3. worldclock Says:

    Don’t Stay Silent–
    Population Matters – just great!

  4. Steven Earl Salmony Says:

    Perhaps the human community is about to confront the worst of both worlds: the results of a human population explosion and a human population crash. The leviathan-like size of the human population in our time puts Earth’s finite resources and its frangible environs at risk because the exploding human population worldwide dissipates resources and pollutes the environment faster than the Earth can replenish itself for human benefit. As a consequence of the population explosion, many too many human beings are invited to engage in rapacious per capita consumption and unconscionable individual hoarding of Earth’s body, and recklessly degrading its ecology with pollutants. Soon to become patently unsustainable overconsumption, overproduction and overpopulation activities of the human species appear to be fast approaching a point in human history when the monstrous size of the human population so overspreads the Earth that humankind ends up being the precipitant of an unimaginable sort of global ecological wreckage and a human population crash?

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