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I was shocked and horrifed to read Mr. Kuropatwinski’s letter from Jan. 22 in regard to the devastating global effects of female contraceptive pills. I feel such shame at the selfish family planning I employed! I have been very guilty of using Western affluence to manage my reproductive options, while Afgan women, for example, have apparently been much more global in their thinking. I am, however, a bit confused. Of the ills cited as a result from use of The Pill, I see listed population decline. In fact, global population is still increasing, and decreases in birth rates are well correlated with female education, such that every three years worth of education for a woman is associated with her having one fewer child. Apparently, we will need to restrict “girl schoolin” if we are to avert this disastrous population decline. Again, we might consider the example of Afghan women. Second, intelligence immigration appears to be a concern blamed on The Pill – but isn’t that a good thing? Goody! More brains for us!
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