Exponential population growth cannot be sustained on a planet with finite resources, yet we find that the human population has exceeded the Earth’s carrying capacity and continues to grow. This trend persists despite pleas from population control advocates who argue that limiting the population is essential for avoiding additional environmental degradation. Historically, efforts at controlling population targeted women’s reproductive choices with a disproportionate emphasis on poor and minority women. This is problematic for reproductive justice advocates who promote a more holistic approach to reproductive rights with a focus on marginalized groups. Members of this movement have traditionally been opposed to population control due to the threat of limiting reproductive freedom. However, it is possible to work with, rather than against the reproductive justice movement and explore ways to limit population growth while preserving reproductive agency. Promoting full agency over reproductive health paired with increased educational opportunities, mandated comprehensive sex education, and furthering the prohibition of discrimination in all socioeconomic spheres lowers population growth and maintains reproductive justice.
April Richards, ’15
Sponsor: Tori Barnes-Brus