In recent years, population has fallen off the international environment and development agenda. Could climate change refocus our attention on population growth?
If we don’t stay in the discussion on population and climate change and insist on family planning and reproductive health programs that respect individual rights, what solutions might emerge from people who are unaware about what can happen when population policies and programs are driven purely by demographic targets?
Just as climate change unequally impacts wealthy and low income countries, as well as the rich and poor within countries, it also disproportionately takes a toll on women.
There are many ways to frame the linkages between population and climate change — and the reproductive health community can make the connection in a way that promotes women’s rights and empowerment.
This year’s Bush administration denial of $40 million to UNFPA comes as no surprise. But buried in the statement lies the threat that other international family planning groups who work in China may also have their U.S. government funding cut.
A 14 year old girl in Poland checked into a hospital to terminate her pregnancy but instead was continually harassed and assaulted by anti-choice protesters (led by a priest!) and she’s still pregnant.
Late last week Chinese family planning officials made headlines by indicating that Beijing might consider relaxing its thirty-year-old mandatory one-child policy. China’s family planning policies are notable not only for being baldly coercive but also for being the excuse the Bush administration offers for defunding the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
It’s crucial to align domestic and international family planning and reproductive health movements in order to save women’s lives.