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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights describes the family as the natural and fundamental unit of society. It follows that any choice and decision with regard to the size of the family must irrevocably rest with the family itself, and cannot be made by anyone else.

 
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U Thant, 1909-1974, United Nations Secretary General, International Planned Parenthood News, No. 168, February 1968

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Garrett Hardin
Garrett Hardin
  • Born: April 21, 1915
  • Died: September 14, 2003
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Environmentalist

Garrett James Hardin was an American ecologist and philosopher who warned of the dangers of human overpopulation. His exposition of the tragedy of the commons, in a famous 1968 paper in Science, called attention to "the damage that innocent actions by individuals can inflict on the environment". He is also known for Hardin's First Law of Human Ecology: "We can never do merely one thing. Any intrusion into nature has numerous effects, many of which are unpredictable.":112

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