while massively increasing the priority and resources for family planning and women\’s empowerment programmes in developing countries, enabling the 215 million women with an unmet need for contraception to control their own fertility.
All the woe is doom merchants about population, they\’re all always going on about contraception.
As I\’ve said all too often before, contraception isn\’t the point. Sure, if people don\’t have it and would like it, give it to them. It\’s a cheap way of making their lives better so why the hell not?
But look at the damn numbers would you? Even those claiming that contraception is the solution are saying that there\’s only 215 million people who want to use it and don\’t have it. That\’s among 7 billion people. It just isn\’t the deciding factor.
What is the deciding factor is desiring to use contraception, desiring to limit fertility, not the means by which one does so.
There are, give or take, 3.5 billion women on the planet (yes, not all fertile at the same time) and we\’ve been really rather successful at getting them to desire to limit their fertility. Because that\’s just what getting rich does, offers both the likelihood of survival for the children one does have plus other more exciting things to do than pumping out a never ending stream of babies.
Get rich and the population problem goes away: as it has done (except for immigration) in every country that has got rich.