This week Melanie our acting hostess has a very simple question for us to discuss.
I am in favour of birth control. I think that people should be able to decide when they have a child and how many children they want.
Recently in the USA there has been the controversy over the repeal of Roe vs Wade. It seems very strange to me that the same people who are so concerned about the right to life of unborn babies don’t seem too worried about what happens to them after they are born; whether or not they are healthy, have a good home and enough to eat.
Do we really want to go back to a time when married women had a baby almost every year of their childbearing years? Isn’t it better to have fewer children and be able to give them everything they need than for a family to live in poverty because there are so many mouths to feed. In a country like the USA where medical care is not free isn’t this going to lead to many more infant deaths anyway? “Just say no.” is not going to work in that situation and it shouldn’t have to.
Isn’t birth control one of the things that aid organisations have tried to bring to developing countries in order to reduce poverty? I don’t mean like China’s mandatory one child policy that was in force for many years. That was a badly thought out plan and lead to the deaths of many baby girls and probably to a generation of spoiled only children.
I wanted to highlight the poverty issue as others have raised the issue of teen pregnancy and the right of a woman to choose. Those too are very good reasons why birth control is necessary.
My final take on it is that governments should not have the right to tell people how many children they can or can’t have. Their role is to educate and provide access to medication, facilities etc. If a family can afford to raise fourteen children that is up to them. If they can’t or don’t want to, they shouldn’t have to.
I am very glad, firstly that I am no longer of child bearing age and secondly that I live in Australia which may not be perfect but is not starting to look like something out of “The Handmaid’s Tale”.