publication . Article . 2004

Reproductive Liberty and Overpopulation

Carol A. Kates;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 2004 Journal: Environmental Values, volume 13, issue 1 February, pages 51-79
Abstract
Despite substantial evidence pointing to a looming Malthusian catastrophe, governmental measures to reduce population have been opposed both by religious conservatives and by many liberals, especially liberal feminists. Liberal critics have claimed that 'utilitarian' population policies violate a 'fundamental right of reproductive liberty'. This essay argues that reproductive liberty should not be considered a fundamental human right, or certainly not an indefeasible right. It should, instead, be strictly regulated by a global agreement designed to reduce population to a sustainable level. Three major points are discussed: 1) the current state of the overpopulat...
Subjects
free text keywords: Overpopulation, reproductive liberty, tragedy of the commons, Malthus, Kerala, jel:J11, jel:Q01, Economics, Malthusian catastrophe, Socioeconomics, Fundamental rights, Liberalism, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Overpopulation, Tragedy of the commons
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publication . Article . 2004

Reproductive Liberty and Overpopulation

Carol A. Kates;