How a Global Sterilization Program Would Curb Population Growth, Reduce Suffering & Conserve Natural Resources

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A global sterilization program would reduce population growth, thus curbing starvation, poverty, child abuse, abortion, infanticide and gendercide. Global sterilization would preserve earth's resources for future generations, improving the quality of life for all of earth's inhabitants.

To be clear, I'm not talking about taking away peoples' right to have children but in light of the crisis the planet is facing, it is not unreasonable to put forth an idea to enact a global sterilization program that would limit the number of children per family.

Allow for Childbearing But Limit Family Size

A global sterilization program that allowed people to have an set number of children and then was mandatory after the number of children had been reached, would do so much to curb so many of the horrific problems facing families across the globe. How so?

This may seem like an extreme idea but please bear with me. Certainly, allowing people to be parents but setting reasonable limits on family size would be far less traumatic than the issues people are currently grappling with, such as unwanted pregnancies, millions of abortions that rob the lives of developing children each year, forced abortions and murder of late-term children in China, the tax burden imposed on Chinese parents who have unplanned children, famine and starvation in third world countries.

In these scenarios, prevention is far less invasive and traumatic than trying to address the problem after a pregnancy has already occurred.

Curbing an Exploding Global Population

Allowing humans to have a set number of children and then implementing sterilization is a sane approach that would afford people the joy of parenthood, while safeguarding the planet.

  • FAMINE & STARVATION--How to prevent children from starving to death in poor areas? Limit family size. Smaller families would = fewer deaths.
  • UNPLANNED PREGNANCIES & ABORTION--How to prevent millions of unplanned pregnancies and abortions each year? Limit reproduction. For those who already have children and who do not want more, sterilization would solve this problem.
  • CHINA'S ONE CHILD POLICY--Most of us have read about horrific cases in the news and have wondered at the suffering those mothers must have undergone. Imagine desperately wanting your child and being forced into centers where that child was terminated? Sterilization to prevent future conception of children, would spare both mothers and unborn children this brand of agony.
  • GENDERCIDE--A limit on number of children might help curb gendercide in some cultures because once these families reached their limit of children, they would not be in a position to bring forth more children and terminate those children based on gender. Additionally, legislation geared at prevention of revealing gender before birth would also limit gender-based abortions.
  • CONSERVING NATURAL RESOURCES--How to combat the strain on global resources without infringing basic human rights? Set a reasonable limit for number of children per individual or family. This would have the immediate effect of freeing up resources to help feed, house, and warm the people presently living.
  • IRRESPONSIBLE CHILDBEARING--A global sterilization program would go a long way in curbing irresponsible child bearing, thus preventing the bringing forth of children into families that are not equipped to look after them.This would help to reduce poverty for poor/illiterate families, and would curb perpetuation of this cycle.
  • POVERTY--sterilization would reduce poverty worldwide. A reduction in family size would free up family resources. Having fewer mouths to feed, cloth, and house would mean a better standard of living for vulnerable populations.

As can be seem, implementing a compassionate global sterilization program that allows for children but responsibly addresses population growth would improve quality of life in so many different ways.

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How to Administer a Compassionate Population Control Program

Each person or couple would be allowed a set number of children, for example, let's say 2 children and once they had, had these children, upon birth of the last child, either the mother could be routinely sterilized or the husband could opt to have the procedure.

Now, I know this idea may seem controversial and people may scream about infringement of rights but our planet is in trouble and so too its resources. For the safety and preservation of all life on the planet and for a better living standard overall, a program of responsible child bearing and prevention of pergnancies would immediately address challenges that have plagued mankind for centuries. We are a global family and, as such, our actions affect other people and the health of the planet.

Requiring people to be sterilized after they had produced a set number of children would be far less traumatic and less of an invasion of rights.

Why Limiting Childbearing Would Reduce Suffering

Reducing Suffering in Africa

Let's look at Africa, as an example. Many villagers live in poverty and cannot feed the children they bring forth. This brings incredible suffering on these children who then face a life of privation and potential starvation. Children should be protected and cared for and a sterilization program would go a long way in reducing terrible suffering. Sterilization in these places would have an immediate effect, helping to curb poverty, famine, suffering, disease and death. In a scenario of responsible oversight, a population that was managed and was eventually reduced, would free up resources, which could be used more effectively to protect the people already living.

Reducing Suffering in China

A sterilization program in China would eliminate the horror of women forcibly taken from their homes and being beaten or injected with the sole intention of terminating their unborn children to stem the population problem. Additionally, such a program would eliminate any tax burden on couples who have more than one child. If China allowed couples to have two children and then required sterilization, so many of these problems would be eliminated. This would be far more humane than what is occurring in this country, at present.

Gendercide

In countries where gendercide is practiced in favor of male children, a sterilization program might go a long way to curb this practice. If families knew they were only allowed two children, they might be more motivated to preserve pregnancies. At any rate, after they had reached their quota, they would be prevented from causing multiple pregnancies geared at producing male offspring and subsequent terminations of female children. While this might not stamp out all gender-related abortions, it would certainly help to reduce the numbers. As I mentioned above, additional measures, such as not revealing gender of unborn children, would also reduce the number of abortions.

Saving the Planet and Humankind

What would a reduction in global population mean for the earth and its inhabitants?

  • Deforestation would be curbed because arable land would not be needed for factories, stores, houses, and roads. Urban sprawl would halt and possibly even reduce as the numbers equalized and then started to decline.
  • Energy resources would last longer, allowing for development of other environmentally-friendly programs
  • Pollution levels would be lowered which would spell better health for humans and the planet

Preserving the Earth, Raising the Bar of Quality of Life & Caring for the Global Family

Once a globally sustainable population size was reached, adjustments could be made, as needed, in relation to family size. If the population dwindled the number of children allowed per family could be raised, if deemed necessary.

We are a global family and as such, we all play a part in the health and well-being of all people across the globe and the sustainability of the planet. Humans have to take responsible steps to manage populations so as to preserve the earth and its resources and raise the bar on quality of life for all of earth's inhabitants.

Sound oversight regarding earth's population would do so much to reduce suffering around the world and stamp out problems related to unchecked population growth.

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While the idea presented in this Hub, might not be considered ideal, neither are the problems facing humankind. A global population policy such as outlined above, would be a responsible method, one that would allow for childbearing but that would reduce global population levels and free up resources for all.

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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Quite welcome indeed.


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Athlyn Green 2 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi GM, loved your insights. Well thought out. Thanks for sharing.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Definitely agree. I believe that those who elect to have children should have a small family. Small families are beneficial to both parents and children. Of course, there should be mandatory limits as to how many children a couple has. Every educated person knows that large families are not good for parents nor children financially, psychologically, and economically. Large families are impoverished in over 90% of cases. Large families breed poverty and its related ills of low academic achievement, delinquency, and other pathologies. It is small families that have progressed societies and raised many societies to affluent status. Large families do nothing but retard societies, keeping them mired in poverty. I also have written many articles on the pathologies and detriments of the large family. Voted this wondrous hub UP!


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By Lori 3 years ago from USA

Corruption keeps the poor countries poor and corruption is what is currently nose-diving the USA as well.


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Darkness, When one thinks about the money that is spent now to feed the world's hungry, for clinics and staff in abortion clinics, for day cares, and all other related costs and health programs to care for a growing population, I think a far less expensive approach would be sterilization after people had a set number of children, whether that be 2 or 3 children per family. The money saved in relation to, food production, and social assistance programs would likely offset the costs of routine sterilization.


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hello Michelle,

thanks for stopping by. I actually mentioned that I thought gendercide would be reduced because people would be prevented for trying repeatedly for boys, while aborting girls. I just read of a case where a woman was forced to abort 6 daughters because she lived in a country that favored boys. A 2 or 3 child limit might curb this practice because people would only have so many kicks at the cat, as it were. Yes, I agree that the gender should not be revealed and this would curb these terrible practices.


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darknezz111 4 years ago from Southern Idaho

I just don't think you could do it. You'd never sterilize enough people to curb population growth, and the cost for such a program would be huge in both labor and administrative costs.

You can't end all suffering. In fact, you shouldn't; suffering from starvation will be what solves the problem. Eventually humans will hit a point where the Earth can't produce enough to feed us all, and then we'll start starving and killing until we fall back down in numbers. It's a cycle that happens in nature all the time.


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Michelle Taylor 4 years ago from New Jersey

First I would like to say you are very brave for bringing up such a sensative topic. I have for a very long time thought that a sterilization program would be an effective way of controling population growth, However I don't know if a 2 child limit is the most "responsible" way to do it. You did mention that there would probably be more gender relation abortions, I personally don't think causing people to want to have abortions is responsible. Every day politicians are making it more and more difficult for people to get abortions and if at some point they are successful in making it illegal, your proposal would cause a massive spike in back alley abortions. For your idea to work a law would also have to be passed that the gender of the child wouldn't be allowed to be revealed until birth.

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