Fwd: Re: [saymaListserv] Politics and Economics
jhminshall at comcast.net
Wed Dec 3 12:05:27 JEST 2003
>Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 10:31:32 -0500
>From: Janet Minshall <jhminshall at comcast.net>
>Subject: Re: [saymaListserv] Politics and Economics
>Dear SAYMA Friend, Thanks for the response. I will check with the
>Population Institute in Washington as you suggested, but I have seen
>items in the foreign press that Europe's family planning agencies
>responded to the Bush cuts by increasing funding for both abortion
>and contraceptive programs in less developed countries (LDCs).
>I realize that slowing the rate of growth is a far cry from decline.
>A Friend in SAYMA wanted to know what "population momentum" is as
>Stan Becker used that term in a message. I told her that it is like
>putting on the brakes in a car -- the rate of forward motion slows
>until it comes to a complete halt. You have to come to a complete
>stop before changing into reverse. The info European demographers
>are using indicates the worldwide decline will actually start in 50
>to 100 years. In the meantime Europe, with an already declining
>population, will be trying to work out an effective economic
>response. I hope they can. I also hope that the US government will
>understand the problem well enough to realize that increasing the
>size of the military and the security agencies is not adequate (and,
>of course, is not the way of Friends). There has to be a big change
>in economic policies and political direction in this country to
> Janet Minshall
>In a message dated 11/30/2003 3:21:33 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>jhminshall at comcast.net writes:
>>(I believe the Bush Administration has cut the provision of
>>abortion services funded by the US but not the rate of
>>contraceptive distribution by US and European-funded providers
>>around the world. Maybe you or Stan can check that out. And I
>>agree completely with your last sentence "Voluntary birth control
>>is an essential component of improved women's health and
>>establishing a democratic society for women as well as men").
>I wish that were so, but Bush's crowd appears to believe "just say
>no" is appropriate for married women in developing countries.
>Re the rest of your message, "Slowing the rate of growth" is a long
>way from actual decline, as Stan pointed out. If there are actual
>declines, it will almost certainly be due to the usual suspects.
> And Europe during the Black Plague, as well as the US Native
>American population decline, should certainly convince us that is
>Surprisingly, the remedy is probably better population control,
>rather than relaxing. I'd contact the Population Institute in
>Washington if you want more information on that point.
>Janet's new e mail address is : jhminshall at comcast.net
Janet's new e mail address is : jhminshall at comcast.net
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