Re: Abortion and population control (Letters, May).

Women’s Rights Without Borders, an organization begun to preserve the lives of baby girls who may be aborted in China due to family preference for sons under the one-child policy, established a "Save A Widow" campaign with the goal of rescuing impoverished Chinese widows who, by the decimation of the traditional family structure, live isolated with no one to care for them.

Suicide among the elderly in China has increased by 500 percent over the last 20 years. (China Daily)

The West’s attempt to expand population control ideologies has had repugnant consequences around the globe. In Zambia, one of the world’s poorest countries, about half the children under age 5 are malnourished (Relief Web), and the leading cause of death there is HIV/AIDS (CDC).

Despite scientific research finding that women using injectable contraceptives could be more at risk for HIV/AIDS or breast cancer, International Planned Parenthood has unscrupulously pushed this drug, which also acts as an abortifacient, on reluctant women. (TimesLIVE and American Association for Cancer Research)

It is the worst kind of hypocrisy to declare your solicitude for “women’s health” and well being, particularly in poor countries, while at the same time promoting drugs and procedures which imperil their lives and those of their families.

It is also a distortion of the truth to deny that a goal to reduce a country’s population is not just a more novel yet pernicious form of colonialism in which you don’t sully your own hands but instead incite the subjugated to carry out the bloody conquest on their own people for you.

Obianuju Ekeocha says “Many Cultural Imperialists are pushing for their own version and vision of change in Africa — abortion, sexual immorality, population control, unfettered liberalism ... But Africans are awake and aware and we will not kneel before you because the era of colonialism is over."

Margaret Barton


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