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Grossman: Ask one key question

What can health care providers, friends and parents do to help young women focus on their reproductive goals? Ask one key question: “Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?” Obviously,...

DATE: July 22, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Grossman: Revisiting the real pioneers in family planning history

Thomas Robert Malthus was the first person to link the increase in human population with growing social problems, correct? And, of course, Margaret Sanger was the first to teach poor women about...

DATE: June 24, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Preserve public lands for the children yet to come

You have fished for the trophy trout in the Rio Grande in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Or perhaps you’ve hiked Sand Canyon, a bit west of Cortez, and enjoyed the wonderful walking,...

DATE: May 27, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Look where we need family planning the most

“As we crawled through the city, we encountered a crowded slum area. The temperature was well over 100, and the air was a haze of dust and smoke. The streets seemed alive with people. People...

DATE: April 22, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Be careful when walking at night downtown

This month’s column has almost nothing to do with human population. It details an event that was life-changing for me, and could have been life-ending. However, getting bumped off by a careless...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Let her decide if or when she wants to have children

“Father slapped his hand on the table. ‘If Sarah was a boy, she would be the greatest jurist in South Carolina!’” This quote is from Sue Monk Kidd’s popular novel, The Invention of Wings. It is...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Practice the fine art of speaking truth to power

While watching the presidential election returns in November and disbelieving the results, this poem kept going through my head: “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” by Wendell Berry (Used...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Stay up with international family-planning efforts

Although reproductive rights may be in jeopardy in this country, there is reason for optimism both here and abroad. India has the world’s second largest population – about a billion and a third...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2016 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Schools one way to give children every advantage

New parents hope that their children will be perfect. Unfortunately, there is often disappointment when reality sets in. We have always cared about the welfare of our children, but now each child...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2016 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Voting is a good way to shape the world you want

We have the opportunity to vote, and thus help shape our world – both nationally and locally. Please vote, even if you don’t follow my suggestions! Most politicians have personality traits that set...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Studies: Keeping abortion legal, safe aids women

Many years ago I worked for three weeks in Swaziland, South Africa. A memory still haunts me.Most mornings we saw one or two young women through the emergency ward. Almost all of these women were...

DATE: March 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Recognize the tragedy of demographic entrapment

Last month’s column was about the “tragedy of the commons” – when people use more than their share of a common resource, leading to the resource’s destruction. An example is overgrazed fields,...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

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