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December 6, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Nebraska’s safe-haven law

Not everyone’s luxury

I agree with Marc Smason that overpopulation is a huge problem that will pretty much sabotage attempted solutions to a great many national and global problems [“Quit having babies, Northwest Voices, Dec. 2].

However, I am wondering how he plans to restrict every woman on the planet to “one child only for the next 20 or 25 years.” Who exactly will do the restricting?

Are the same groups of religious fanatics that have treated women like brood mares for centuries, insisting on unlimited children and sometimes killing the women who don’t comply, now going to reverse themselves and kill women for having too many children? Or are they just going to be good fellows and have a vasectomy after fathering one child?

Are clerics of several world religions suddenly going to stop insisting that the gods want women to breed themselves to death? Are warriors going to stop raping women as a weapon of terror against their enemies, knowing that the women will be blamed rather than the rapists?

Even our own president of the past eight years has exacerbated the population problem with his insistence on limiting access to birth control globally, for fear someone at a family-planning clinic somewhere would mention abortion.

There are plenty of women out there who would be happy to limit the size of their families if mentioning it would not bring destruction down upon their heads. If women everywhere had access to education about birth control and were truly free to make their own choices, perhaps no outside force would have to “restrict” them on the issue of family size.

— Georgia Lockwood, Kirkland

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