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The only remedy against hunger is reasonable birth control. Friedrich Durrenmatt
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. Garrett Hardin
Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion. Spike Milligan
Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open. Emma Goldman
We want better reasons for having children than not knowing how to prevent them. Dora Russell
The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. Thomas Malthus
Thanks in part to Swedish research, home abortion is now predictively safe and effective and preferred by women around the globe. America is the exception. Ingrid S. Andersson
Most important of all is love. Church of Sweden
I dream of the day when every new born child is welcome, when men and women are equal, and when sexuality is an expression of intimacy, joy and tenderness. Elise Ottesen-Jensen
These good Christians do not have the courage to face me. They follow my children around and shout at them, "Your father is a mass murderer" and other terrible epithets. Lester Minto
See a 10 year old girl who is pregnant and tell me God wants it that way. See a 58 year old woman who is pregnant and tell me God wants it that way. Lester Minto
In order to stabilize human population growth, we must prioritize the education of girls, the empowerment of women, the provision of ubiquitous access to the knowledge and techniques of fertility management, and the continued raising of child survival rates. Al Gore
This small but seminal meeting in many ways epitomized the brazen yet banal nature of organized antiabortion extremism–a rah-rah atmosphere, like some perverse parody of a pep rally, in which threats of future violence were cloaked as free speech, and past criminal acts were celebrated as valid tools for intimidating fellow citizens. A fringe culture was coalescing. Frederick Clarkson
Execute Baby Killers. Anonymous
How many more [murders of abortion providers] is it going to take before we finally realize that legalized abortion in fact will destroy the United States of America? What do you expect people to do who literally understand that these people are making a living killing babies? Well, the evidence is at hand. There are people out there who will go and blow their brains out. Neal Horsley
Track down license plate numbers to obtain addresses of clinic employees, then follow them to supermarkets, hotels, and other public places where they can be confronted. Snap photographs. Run video cameras. Find Social Security numbers and check financial records. Infiltrate clinics by posing as patients. Befriend a clinic worker's son, then preach to him about the sins of his mother. Dig up dirt through court and other government records. File as many lawsuits as possible. Operation Rescue
I realized that a large number of very important things would be accomplished by my shooting another abortionist in Pensacola. This would put the pro-life rhetoric about defending born and unborn children equally into practice. It would bear witness to the full humanity of the unborn as nothing else could. It would also open the people's eyes to the enormous consequences of abortion – not only for the unborn, but also for the government that had sanctioned it and for those who are required to resist it. This would convict millions of people of their past neglect and spur many to future obedience. I also realized that this would help to force people to decide whether they would join the battle in defense of abortionists or side with their intended victims. Paul Jennings Hill
I think that right now they are doing what they have to do. [Referring to China's one-child policy, and forced abortion for women pregnant more than once.] I don't agree with forced abortion, but I don't think the United States needs to interfere with what they're doing internally in this regard. China is courting a demographic catastrophe. By aborting more girls than boys, in 10 or 20 years Chinese men will have to import wives from Indonesia, which will, in a sense, dilute the–what they consider the racial purity of the Han Chinese. Pat Robertson
Abortion is never necessary to save a mother's life. Judie A. Brown
We need government policies that will strengthen families and encourage people to have more children. Judie A. Brown
From the beginning when I founded Operation Rescue, the vision was not solely to end child-killing; the vision was to recapture the power bases of America, for child- killing to be the first domino, if you will, to fall in a series of dominoes. My feeling was, and still is, once we mobilize the momentum, the manpower, the money, and all that goes with that to make child-killing illegal, we will have sufficient moral authority and moral force and momentum to get the homosexual movement back in the closet, to get the condom pushers in our schools to be back on the fringes of society. Randall Terry
This right to privacy ... doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution, this right that was created, it was created in Griswold–Griswold was the contraceptive case–and abortion. And now we're just extending it out. And the further you extend it out, the more ...this freedom actually intervenes and affects the family. You say, 'Well, it's my individual freedom.' Yes, but it destroys the basic unit of our society because it condones behavior that's antithetical to strong healthy families. Whether it's polygamy, whether it's adultery, where it's sodomy, all of those things, are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family. Rick Santorum
Family planning is the only exit point of the land problem. No other solution is possible. Norbert Ndihokubwayo
If nothing happens, if we just keep doing what we're doing, tomorrow is not certain. We will see families killing each other. We will see chaos in the country. The day after tomorrow will disappear.... The next civil war in Burundi will absolutely be over land. Andre Florian
Without land, we are condemned to death. No one will accept that. Families will fight. We prefer to die rather than live without land. Placide Hakizimana
The balance of our population, our human stock is threatened. A recent article in Poverty, published by the Child Poverty Action Group, showed that a high and rising proportion of children are being born to mothers least fitted to bring children into the world and to bring them up. Keith Joseph
We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two... We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large number of the physically, intellectually and culturally anemic. Lee Kuan Yew
The poor are making themselves poorer through rising birth rates. Lee Kuan Yew
Governments facing population explosions and implosions will soon have no choice but to grapple with matters generally considered private. Lee Kuan Yew
One of the conveniences in life is to have less children. Ali ibn Abi Talib
Too many women believe that abortion is a safety net; abortion is a safety hazard. Mark Green
There can be no effective solution of the Indian food problem that does not include population control. Lyndon B. Johnson
Last week we passed a birth-control bill. Now we are trying to pass a law to put the people to bed an hour earlier. Frank L Gill
Although every organized patriarchal religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of misogyny to the myth of woman-hate, woman-fear, and woman-evil, the Roman Catholic Church also carries the immense power of very directly affecting women's lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion, and by its use of skillful and wealthy lobbies to prevent legislative change. It is an obscenity -- an all-male hierarchy, celibate or not, that presumes to rule on the lives and bodies of millions of women. Robin Morgan
It is the patriotic duty of women to bear four children. Theodore Roosevelt
35 percent of U. S. births in the last 5 years were the result of unintended pregnancies …. That’s no surprise given recent efforts to reduce access to birth control, sex education, and abortion in this country. Brian Dixon
Facts have never made any difference to birth control opponents, because in their minds, the use of contraceptives is itself irresponsible and immoral. Brian Dixon
Birth Control - The Silent Abortion. "Pro-life" women using an oral contraceptive are committing abortions on themselves. Army of God
Upright men can even better convince themselves of the solid grounds on which the teaching of the Church in this field is based if they care to reflect upon the consequences of methods of artificially limiting the increase of children. Let them consider, first of all, how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality. Not much experience is needed in order to know human weakness, and to understand that men—especially the young, who are so vulnerable on this point—have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law, so that they must not be offered some easy means of eluding its observance. It is also to be feared that the man, growing used to the employment of anti-conceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion. Pope Paul VI
Less Children, a better life. Anonymous
We have to stabilize the population of this planet. Kofi Annan
Every second of every day there are three new mouths to feed in this world. Archer Daniels Midland Corporation
The main reason Italian women resort to abortion is the Catholic insistence that no birth control information be distributed. Margherita Bonivar
The Constitution protects individual decisions in matters of childbearing from unjustified intrusion by the state ….The right to privacy in connection with decisions affecting procreation extends to minors as well as adults. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Overpopulation is perhaps the biggest problem facing us, and immigration is part of that problem. It has to be addressed. David R. Brower
Western women are terminating their pregnancies at a rate that represents autogenocide for peoples of European ancestry. Pat Buchanan
People who are not addressing the issues of population control are not seriously addressing the environment. George Carey
To ensure a healthier and more abundant world, we simply must slow the world’s explosive growth in population. Bill Clinton
Watch your Catholic population. They breed like rabbits. Viscount Craigavon; James Craig
We know that no one should tell a woman she has to bear an unwanted child. Walter Cronkite
Whenever I hear people discussing birth control, I always remember that I was the fifth. Clarence Darrow
Zero population growth …. Kingsley Davis
Reproductive freedom is a fundamental human right. We therefore oppose government interference in the reproductive decisions of Americans. Democratic Party
Can there be any doubt that a Bill of Rights that in time of peace bars soldiers from being quartered in a home without the consent of the owner should also bar the police from investigating the intimacies of the marriage relation? William O. Douglas
Why should Ontario pay for Quebec's fucking? George Drew
It's about time we make welfare contingent upon birth control. David Duke
More goods and fewer people" is the slogan I should like to see carried at the head of humanity's march into the future. Max Eastman
I adore your catchy slogan, “Adoption, not Abortion,” although no one has been able to figure out, even with expert counseling, how to use adoption as a method of birth control, or at what time of the month it is most effective. Barbara Ehrenreich
We need to teach responsibility not legislate morality, because the vows of abstinence break far more easily than latex condoms. Joycelyn Elders
You've been preaching abstinence as long as you've been preaching. But I've still got a problem. Joycelyn Elders
If government knew how, I should like to see it check, not multiply the population. Ralph Waldo Emerson
With our increased birthrates the black man and woman can actually breed ourselves into power. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
Choice is a uniquely female issue. We don't share the same reproductive systems. Dianne Feinstein
It is not because woman is lacking in responsibility, but because she has too much of the latter that she demands to know how to prevent conception. Emma Goldman
Liberating women from repeated childbirth can liberate them from poverty as well. Emma Goldman
We don't want a country populated by children feeding themselves from garbage dumps. Alberto Fujimori
To bear many children is considered not only a religious blessing but also an investment. The greater their number, some Indians reason, the more alms they can beg. Indira Gandhi
A real liberty is found in the country, apart from all its political theory. The practical liberty of America is found in its great space and small population. George Flower
Laws provide against injury from others, but not from ourselves. Thomas Jefferson
Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence only increases in an arithmetical ratio. Thomas Malthus
When the wages of labour are hardly sufficient to maintain two children, a man marries and has five or six. Thomas Malthus
Africa needs birth control far less than it needs death control. Alia Mazri
If we want to help pregnant women, let's make sure that each pregnancy is a wanted pregnancy. Carolyn McCarthy
It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry. H. L. Mencken
In a country [India] where every five minutes a pregnant woman dies, the pill could be the answer. Sumita Metha
We can win a war in 100 days but we can't teach our people how to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Susan Molinari
We recognized ‘the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or beget a child.’ That right necessarily includes the right of a woman to decide whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. Potter Stewart
There is something mindboggling about telling a girl that she’s old enough to be pregnant but not old enough to use birth control. Loretta Ross
The best "gift" anyone can give to humankind is to remain birth-free. It is a SIN for any person to birth while earth births exceed deaths. For what purpose would the world need more than 50,000 new Homo sapiens every year? Richard M. Bowers
An embryo is human and deserves human respect. William Frist
If it should be declared that contraception is not evil in itself, then we should have to concede frankly that the Holy Spirit had been on the side of the Protestant churches in 1930 …. This would mean that the leaders of the Church, acting with extreme imprudence, had condemned thousands of innocent human acts, forbidding, under pain of eternal damnation, a practice which would now be sanctioned. The fact can neither be denied nor ignored that these same acts would now be declared licit on the grounds of principles cited by the Protestants, which popes and bishops have either condemned or at least not approved. John Paul II
It is a very sad day for America when political ideology overrules good science and public health practices. The Food and Drug Administration has denied allowing the emergency contraception drug Plan B to be sold over-the-counter—ignoring its own panel of expert physicians, scientists and public health professionals who had voted overwhelmingly in favor of making the drug available over-the-counter … This pandering to right wing radicals will lead to more unwanted pregnancy, more abortions, and another step backwards for the women of our country. Peter H. Kostmayer
No country has reduced its population growth without resorting to abortion.... Indeed, abortion, legal and illegal, now has become the most widespread fertility control method in use in the world today... National Security Agency
One of the most serious challenges to human destiny in the last third of this century will be the growth of population …. When future generations evaluate the record of. our time, one of the most important factors in their judgment will be the way in which we respond to population growth Richard Nixon
The only reason we have a pro-life movement in this country is because of the Catholic people and the Catholic Church. Roy White
Why should ethical decisions as personal as those involved in reproduction and medical care be decided by democratic vote? Ronald Bailey
The U. S. Agency for International Development has found that in every nation where information about contraception and access to methods of birth control are available, abortion rates decline Jim Winkler
Since the growing worldwide population is increasingly straining the world's supply of food, minerals, and water and sharpening international tensions, the reduction of the rate of consumption of resources by the affluent and the reduction of current world population growth rates have become imperative. People have the duty to consider the impact on the total world community of their decisions regarding childbearing and should have access to information and appropriate means to limit their fertility United Methodist Church
Your action means that the U.S. government will control what non-governmental recipients of U.S. international family planning assistance do and say with their own funds. You have imposed on the poorest women of the world a halt to information that women in the United States are guaranteed. Jim Winkler
We support reproductive rights and will stand with women and men around the country to support keeping abortion and birth control safe, legal and accessible. United Methodist Church
The Methodist Church believes that responsible contraception is a welcome means towards fulfillment in marriage, the spacing of children, and the need to avoid pregnancy altogether, for example for medical reasons. United Methodist Church
RU 486, the French abortion pill, is a direct assault on the sacredness and value of unborn human life in that this drug kills an unborn child whose heart has already started to beat; … Pro-life organizations, including the Southern Baptist Christian Life Commission, have announced the intention of initiating a boycott against Roussel Uclaf and its German parent company, Hoechst A G …, for their corporate responsibility for making this drug available in America Southern Baptist Convention
the Supreme Court of the United States in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, and its progeny, denied the right of the fifty state legislatures and the Congress to protect the preborn child by law Southern Baptist Convention
Current judicial opinion gives no guarantee of protection of pre-born persons, thus permitting the widespread practice of abortion on demand, which has led to the killing of an estimated four thousand developing human beings daily in the United States, and … Social acceptance of abortion has begun to dull society's respect for all human life, leading to growing occurrences of infanticide, child abuse, and active euthanasia Southern Baptist Convention
We favor appropriate legislation and/or a constitutional amendment prohibiting abortion except to save the life of the mother Southern Baptist Convention
Every decision for an abortion, for whatever reason must necessarily involve the decision to terminate the life of an innocent human being The practice of abortion for selfish non-therapeutic reasons want-only destroys fetal life, dulls our society's moral sensitivity, and leads to a cheapening of all human life Southern Baptist Convention
We call upon Southern Baptists to work for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such conditions as rape, incest, clear evidence of severe fetal deformity, and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother Southern Baptist Convention
We acknowledge the freedom of each individual to advocate for a public policy on abortion that reflects his or her beliefs. American Baptist Churches
We condemn violence and harassment directed against abortion clinics, their staff and clients, as well as sanctions and discrimination against medical professionals whose consciences prevent them from being involved in abortions. American Baptist Churches
We acknowledge the diversity of deeply held convictions within our fellowship even as we seek to interpret the Scriptures under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Many American Baptists believe that, biblically, human life begins at conception, that abortion is immoral and a destruction of a human being created in God's image … Many others believe that while abortion is a regrettable reality, it can be a morally acceptable action and they choose to act on the biblical principles of compassion and justice … and freedom of will. … Many gradations of opinion between these basic positions have been expressed within our fellowship. American Baptist Churches
Procreation is a gift from God, a precious trust reserved for marriage. At the moment of conception, a new being enters the universe, a human being, a being created in God's image. This human being deserves our protection, whatever the circumstances of conception. Southern Baptist Convention
Those women who use drugs to bring on abortion commit murder, and will have to give an account to God Athenagoras
She who purposely destroys the fetus, shall suffer the punishment of murder… Those who give drugs for procuring abortion, and those who receive poisons to kill the foetus, are subjected to the same penalty as murder Basil I
All of our problems are the result of overbreeding among the working class, and if morality is to mean anything at all to us, we must regard all the changes which tend toward the uplift and survival of the human race as moral. Margaret Sanger
A free race cannot be born of slave mothers. A woman enchained cannot choose but give a measure of that bondage to her sons and daughters. No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. Margaret Sanger
It is apparent that nothing short of contraceptives can put an end to the horrors of abortion and infanticide. Margaret Sanger
The church has stood, a rock colossus of bigotry, in the path of ten thousand proposed reforms. Sane efforts to legalize birth control information, the manufacture of proper birth control appliances, appliances for the inhibition of the spread of venereal disease, public instruction in sex hygiene, free clinics for the treatment of venereal disease, the inspection and treatment of prostitutes, controlled prostitution itself, the publication of psychological and physical sex information, aid for unwed mothers—myriad attempts by sane men acting sanely on real problems—have been fought down by church-frightened legislatures and church-dominated courts. Philip Wylie
It is heartening to recall that Eisenhower was honorary chairman of planned parenthood. It is heartening to recall that many lefties opposed women’s rights in the 1950s because it was a favorite issue of Republican women. Blanche Wiesen Cook
How shall we dispose of our surplus millions? Our small country can hardly find room within its narrow boundaries to accommodate its yearly increase of half a million people. We cannot kill them wholesale, nor can we fill up the Sea of Japan and make dry land of it for them to settle on. We would like to go to Kansas, or anywhere but Hades, where we could escape starvation. But however hospitable America may be, she refuses to receive so many newcomers all at once. We would wish very much to cross over to Australia; but that is a White Man's Land, and although the continent is many times larger than Korea and very thinly populated, no coloured people are admitted there. We know that Korea is thickly populated, but there the least resistance is offered, and so we go there Tokyo Yorodzu
Here you have in a nutshell the explanation, if not the justification, of all Japan's diplomatic and economic activities in the Far East; …. of her claims to "special interests" in the undeveloped regions of Manchuria, Mongolia, and possibly Siberia. Japan, to put it plainly, is overcrowded and must overflow, just as Great Britain and other congested countries of Europe have overflowed, but there is no New World open to her surplus millions. Her expansion must proceed along the line of least resistance, that is to say, into China's loosely held and thinly populated dependencies of the Asiatic continent. Manchuria and Mongolia are thus inevitably destined to follow Korea J. O. P. Bland
The great danger to my mind is Pakistan's inability to control its population. Of course, it's very difficult for the Muslims to have contraception, but if they put their mind to it, I think it's quite possible. It is only the radical Islamist man who actually opposes it, but there is a lot of evidence in Islamic thinking that you can actually have contraception, and prevent your population from breaking all bounds Khaled Ahmed
Contrary to the proscription of the Church hierarchy, American Catholics have overwhelmingly rejected the 1968 Encyclical Humanae Vitae forbidding the use of contraception. However, Presidents and Congressmen have been influenced by the Vatican on this issue. Richard M. Bowers
The comforts and well-being of the poor cannot be permanently secured without some regard on their part, or some effort on the part of the legislature, to regulate the increase of their numbers, and to render less frequent among them early and improvident marriages. David Ricardo
The friends of humanity cannot but wish that in all countries the laboring classes should have a taste for comforts and enjoyments, and that they should be stimulated by all legal means to procure them. There cannot be a better security against a superabundant population. David Ricardo
Let priests and bishops denounce—let the hierarchy roar! They cannot push the chick back into the shell. Margaret Sanger
It is an obscenity—an all-male hierarchy, celibate or not, that presumes to rule on the lives and bodies of millions of women. Robin Morgan
Frankly, I adore your catchy slogan, “Adoption, not Abortion,” although no one has been able to figure out, even with expert counseling, how to use adoption as a method of birth control, or at what time of the month it is most effective Barbara Ehrenreich
What a priceless ideal for mothers to follow! To continue bearing children misshapen, deformed, hideous to the eyes, in the hope that Heaven may be filled! It’s a monstrous doctrine, abhorrent of every civilized instinct in us. Margaret Sanger
I am not the only Catholic girl in the world who uses contraception. Sherry Blair
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Condoms will break, but vows of abstinence will break more easily than condoms. Joycelyn Elders
Can you name an environmental problem that would NOT be easier to solve with fewer people, or harder (and ultimately impossible) with more? Nobody can. Roger Martin
Population growth makes mitigation of and adaptation to climate change initially harder and ultimately impossible to solve. As long as the UN process ignores this, it will be running up a down escalator, and will ultimately fail Roger Martin
It has been acknowledged for many years the current level of human population growth is unsustainable and places acute pressure on global resources. Human activity is exacerbating global warming, and higher population levels inevitably mean higher emissions and more climate change victims. Roger Martin
Our primary objective is to reduce British over-population. But many leaders of foreign nations approach us to help them get a handle on their burgeoning population. Roger Martin
Population growth is a global problem affecting all of us. Roger Martin
We never use the phrase population control. It has an implication of coercion. Roger Martin
Our faithful Catholic mothers are doing wonderful work for God. In time, if methods of birth control continue to prevail among the non-Catholics, their race will die out and the Catholic race will prevail and thus England will become again what it once was, a Catholic country. Catholic Truth Society
It is clearly useless to preach the limitation of the family and to conceal the means whereby such limitation may be effected. Annie Besant
As countries birth rates declined, … their likelihood of civil conflict also tended to decline. Richard Cincotta
We’ve come a long way from more than a century ago when contraception was illegal, to today when—for the first time—all women may have access to free Birth Control…. It’s a personal choice, whether or not to use methods like “the pill.” But it’s to society’s great benefit to make sure every woman has this option. Newark Star Ledger
Family planning campaigns should be increased so that the sizes of families are manageable and enjoy the best possible standard of living. NewTimes
Research shows that children in smaller families tend to do better in terms of nutritional, health and educational status compared to children in larger families. Tim Dyson
I say that this is a dirty, filthy book, and the test of it is that no human being would allow that book on his table, no decently educated English husband would allow even his wife to have it…the object of it is to enable a person to have sexual intercourse, and not to have that which in the order of Providence is the natural result of that sexual intercourse. That is the only purpose of the book and all the instruction in the other parts of the book leads up to that proposition. Hardinge Gifford; 1st Earl of Halsbury
Contraception is satanic. Patrick J. Hayes
We deal with a right of privacy older than the Bill of Rights, older than our political parties, older than our school system. Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring and intimate to the degree of being sacred. It is an association that promotes a way of life, an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in our prior decisions. William O. Douglas
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others Thomas Jefferson
Reproductive choice is a fundamental human right and we can never take it for granted. On this issue, you're either with us or against us. Michael Bloomberg
…American women… have learned it should be for them to decide when and how often they shall take upon themselves the sacred duties of motherhood, but as law and custom give to the husband absolute control of the wife’s person, she is forced to not only violate physical law, but to outrage the holiest instincts of her being to maintain even a semblance of that freedom which by nature belongs to every human soul. Mattie Brinkerhoff
We want to let those other women know … those Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of those women who have been neutering American men and bring us to the point of incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. Allen West
An unexpected pregnancy in a poor household often becomes a public burden down the road. Studies show that a public investment of $1 for family planning saves $4 in future costs like food stamps and other public assistance. Miami Herald
Birth demeaning to women, degrading of human sexuality, and averse to human health and happiness. Eric J. Keroack
We should control fertility clinics so that they do not create spare human beings. They are spare people. Rick Santorum
… any action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible Pope Paul VI
Above all, directly willed and procured abortion, even if for therapeutic reasons, are to be absolutely excluded as licit means of regulating birth. Equally to be excluded, as the teaching authority of the Church has frequently declared, is direct sterilization, whether perpetual or temporary, whether of the man or of the woman. Similarly excluded is every action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible Paul VI
The Qur'an describes the stages of embryonic development (22:4, 23:12-14) and states that at a certain point during development, the fetus is given a soul. According to the jurists and their interpretation of a related hadith, the ensoulment occurs somewhere between 40 and 120 days of gestation (Musallam, p.53-4). Based on these references all of the major jurists agreed that the fetus did not become endowed with a human spirit until at least 40 days of gestation had occurred. Some felt that this did not occur until 120 days of gestation. In reviewing historical documents of Medieval Islamic jurists, Musallam argues that abortion was considered a form of birth control which was essentially allowed by all of the major juristic positions American Muslim Women's League
Rapid Global population growth is an urgent and substantial threat to international stability and sustainable development. This Presidential Decision Directive articulates objectives for and guides the implementation of United States policy on population growth. National Security Council
What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. He continued: She wants to be paid to have sex … She’s having so much sex she can’t afford contraception.” Rush Limbaugh
Man is gifted with pity and other kindly feelings; he has also the power of preventing many kinds of suffering. I conceive it to fall well within his province to replace Natural Selection by other processes that are more merciful and not less effective. This is precisely the aim of Eugenics. Its first object is to check the birth-rate of the Unfit, instead of allowing them to come into being, though doomed in large numbers to perish prematurely. The second object is the improvement of the race by furthering the productivity of the Fit by early marriages and healthful rearing of their children. Natural Selection rests upon excessive production and wholesale destruction; Eugenics on bringing no more individuals into the world than can be properly cared for, and those only of the best stock. Francis Galton
One of the things I will talk about … is the dangers of contraception…. Contraception is not OK… It’s a license in the sexual realm to do what is counter to what things are supposed to be. Rick Santorum
Since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose, sin against nature, and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious. Pius XI
Give special attention to the mothers' health, to see that women who are suffering from tuberculosis, heart or kidney disease, toxic goitre, gonorrhea, or any disease where the condition of pregnancy disturbs their health are placed under public health nurses to instruct them in practical, scientific methods of contraception in order to safeguard their lives---thus reducing maternal mortality Margaret Sanger
There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation. Pierre Trudeau
If conservatives really believed in individual liberty, as they endlessly claim — and if they used both halves of their brains — then they'd be libertarians. Instead, they sabotage themselves, and their cause, by constantly generating one spurious reason after another to deprive other people of their freedom. L. Neil Smith
This is about celibate men making decisions for millions and millions of women Susan Quinn
Probably the easiest thing would be to vasectimize males at the age of 13 after freezing some of their sperm. Then you could unfreeze it only after they have enough money to support a child up to the age of 18. Barbara Seaman
Birth control is the first important step woman must take toward the goal of her freedom. It is the first step she must take to be man’s equal. It is the first step they must both take toward human emancipation. Margaret Sanger
We propose to hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. And we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members. Margaret Sanger
The question of regulating birth rates is highly complex and that any standardized, dogmatic solution "for all time and all peoples" would be wrong. Andrei Sakharov
One of the ways a woman can go to college and succeed is to control her own reproductive destiny. Nina Totenberg
The solutions put forth by imperialism are the quintessence of simplicity...When they speak of the problems of population and birth, they are in no way moved by concepts related to the interests of the family or of society...Just when science and technology are making incredible advances in all fields, they resort to technology to suppress revolutions and ask the help of science to prevent population growth. In short, the peoples are not to make revolutions, and women are not to give birth. This sums up the philosophy of imperialism. Fidel Castro
We ought to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives. John McCain
Republicans try to wrestle women into Chastity belts. Maureen Dowd
Women have a choice where we have a president who has our back or one who turns his back. Sandra Fluke
In America, access to birth control is controlled by those who never use it. Sandra Fluke
We shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, the majority of whom are men, making decisions for women. Barack Obama
If men got pregnant, there would be safe, reliable methods of birth control. They'd be inexpensive, too. Anna Quindlen
That is rape, where a man forces himself sexually upon a woman whether he is licensed by the marriage law to do it or not. And that is the vilest of all tyranny where a man compels the woman he says he loves, to endure the agony of bearing children that she does not want, and for whom, as is the rule rather than the exception, they cannot properly provide. It is worse than any other human oppression … Voltairine de Cleyre
Those still in school and colleges have no business having access to condoms. I am not in favor of condoms. Lucy Kibaki
Most associate evangelicals with Catholics in their steady leadership in pro-life advocacy, and rightly so. But it may come as a surprise that unlike the Catholic church, we are open to contraception. Leith Anderson
The best way to feed the world in 50 years is population control James Allen Roth
If you are a pregnant teenage poor girl, you will not likely ever get out of poverty. Nor will your children. Birth control can be the most cost effective anti-poverty possibility that we have. Lewis D. Eigen
Child marriage and pregnancy … is the biggest cause of teenage female deaths in the world. Gloria Steinem
Students ask me why the same people oppose lesbians and birth control. Gloria Steinem
A woman’s ability to decide whether and when to have a child is not a social issue—it is a human right. It is the biggest indicator of whether she is educated or not, can work outside the home or not, is healthy or not, and how long she lives. Gloria Steinem
No government should dictate whether or when we should have children….Reproductive freedom is a basic human right. Gloria Steinem
The Republicans have decided that the single most important issue facing our Nation is to change the law so employees can deny women access to birth control coverage. Elizabeth Warren
We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. When we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.] Pope Francis I
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be demographics in the developed world. Spencer F. England
There is no way to treat fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses as separate constitutional persons [separate from the mother] without subtracting pregnant women from the community of constitutional persons. Lynn Paltrow
The so-called East Asian economic miracle of the 1980s was due in large part to parents in the region deciding to have fewer children. Melinda Gates
Contraceptives unlock one of the most dormant but potentially powerful assets in development: women as decision makers. Melinda Gates
I want to help put women at the center of global health and development work, and better contraceptives are one of their top priorities. Listening to women shouldn’t be a revolutionary idea in 2012, but it is. Melinda Gates
… any occasion when contraceptives and public policy overlap seems to be an excuse to fight about other issues—abortion or the meaning of religious freedom, for instance. But the fact is that literally 99 percent of women in the United States who have had sex, use birth control at some point in their lives. Melinda Gates
Limiting access to abortion does not limit demand for abortion. Wendy Davis
Republican voters were more likely to be pro-choice than Democrats until the late 1980s. Emily Bazelon
As we’re moving forward at the state level, we end up hollowing out Roe even without the Supreme Court. That’s really where our strategy is so solid. Charmaine Yoest
He no play-a da game. He no make-a da rules. Earl Butz
The only real growth industry in the Middle East has been population. Suzanne Maloney
The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed incessantly … We have to find a new balance otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and the fragrance of the Gospel. Pope Francis I
85 percent of our counties do not offer abortions. Gloria Steinem
The Palestinian womb is our best weapon against Israel. Yasser Arafat
In minority communities with high levels of family dissolution, high rates of unemployment among already low-income male breadwinners, and high numbers of households headed by single women, the issue of abortion has a palpable economic dimension that is rarely reflected by the rather abstract national political debate over reproductive rights. That might explain why African Americans and Latinos tend to support politicians who are pro-choice even though the dominant Black and Hispanic religious groups disapprove of abortion Ray Suarez
It's going to destroy it all. I use what I call my bathroom metaphor. If two people live in an apartment, and there are two bathrooms, then both have what I call freedom of the bathroom, go to the bathroom any time you want, and stay as long as you want to for whatever you need. And this to my way is ideal. And everyone believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the Constitution. But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at the door … and so on. And in the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. Isaac Asimov
In a home where there are too many children in proportion to the living space, the air and sunlight, the children are usually overcrowded and underfed. They are a constant burden on their mother's overtaxed strength and the father's earning capacity. Such homes cannot be gardens in any sense of the word. Margaret Sanger
One out of three American women will need or chose an abortion at some time in their lives. We have to make sure these are safe. Gloria Steinem
If you want to control human reproduction you have to control women’s bodies. Gloria Steinem
So far, the United States knows nothing of the difficulties of over-population; and historic realities of a nature to hamper the free play of economic forces exist only in a very limited degree. Quite the reverse is true in Europe. Hans Luther
Civil divorce is evil, and contraception is evil… a curse upon the country John Charles McQuaid
Contraception Train Anonymous
Woman must have her freedom; the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she shall be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man's attitude may be, that problem is hers; and before it can be his, it is hers alone. Margaret Sanger
Has knowledge of birth control, so carefully guarded and so secretly practiced by the women of the wealthy class – and so tenaciously withheld from the working women – brought them misery? Rather, has it not promoted greater happiness, greater freedom, greater prosperity and more harmony among them? The women who have this knowledge are the women who have been free to develop, free to enjoy in its best sense, and free to advance the interests of the community. Margaret Sanger
Woman must have her freedom; the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she shall be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man's attitude may be, that problem is hers; and before it can be his, it is hers alone. Margaret Sanger
You have to believe that a woman cannot be trusted with decisions about her own body, but that large multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind with no regulation whatsoever. James Richard Howington
Governments must act and private citizens cooperate urgently through voluntary means to secure this right [of birth control programs] for all people. Failure would limit the expectation of future generations to abject poverty and suffering and bring down upon us history's condemnation. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The more affluent women become, the less likely they are to have more children Fareed Zakaria
I wish to speak of one more remedy, which Malthus himself repudiated namely, that of artificial checks on the number of children. It has been said that such questions should only be discussed "under the decent veil of a dead language." Reticence on them is necessary to wholesomeness of mind ; but we ought nevertheless to face the problem, for it is a vital one. These preventive checks on births excite our strong moral repugnance. Men may call such repugnance prejudice, but it is perfectly logical, because it is a protest against the gratification of a strong instinct while the duties attaching to it are avoided. Arnold J. Toynbee
While men stand proudly and face the sun, boasting that they have quenched the wickedness of slavery, what chains of slavery are, have been or ever could be so intimate a horror as the shackles on every limb—on every thought—on the very soul of an unwilling pregnant woman? . Margaret Sanger
… nearly one in three [American] women will have had at least one abortion by the age of 45. Clara Jeffery
Abortion needs to be claimed as a positive, social good. It is an essential option for women—not just ones in dramatic, terrible, body-and-soul-destroying situations, but all women—and thus benefits society as a whole. Katha Politt
The Bible does not ban abortion, nor did the founding fathers. Katha Politt
If we hewed to the notion that an embryo achieves personhood when sperm meets egg, we’d have to investigate all miscarriages as potential homicides, perhaps punishable by death. Katha Politt
Why don’t more doe-hard abortion opponents fret over embryos discarded during the course of IVF [in vitro fertilization]? The reason is that destroying an embryo in pursuit of a baby is part of a noble struggle, whereas destroying an embryo to finish high school or law school or even to put enough food on the table for other kids is considered selfish at best. Katha Politt
[Margaret] Sanger’s hope that the pill might lift women out of poverty and stop the world’s rapid population growth [was futile]. In fact, the pill has been far more popular and had greater impact among the affluent than the poor and has been far more widely used in developed countries than developing ones. Jonathan Eig
With the development of the [birth control] pill, “womanhood” would no longer mean the same thing as “motherhood”. Jonathan Eig
The sexual impulse is to me neither a low degrading thing nor something extremely sacrosanct and holy. I regard it as a fundamentally normal, clean, lifeful instinct. Gregory Goodwin Pincus
I haven't sorted out the penalties. But I do know, I do know that I oppose abortion. And I favor adoption. And if we can get this law changed, everybody should make the extraordinary effort to take these kids that are unwanted and sometimes aborted, take the – let them come to birth, and then put them in a family where they will be loved. And you see, yes, my position has evolved. And it's continuing to evolve, and it's evolving in favor of life. George W. Bush
I come from a family of five women. I would never pretend to tell one of my sisters what to do with her body, and don’t want the Federal Government doing that, either. Allison Grimes
Once middle-class white women began to emancipate themselves and get involved in public and political life… abortion took on its modern meaning of self-determination and active decision making. Those are bedrock American values for men, but not for women, who are supposed to be self-sacrificing, other-oriented, maternal, and dependent. Katha Politt
If you really think abortion is murder, how can you carve out exceptions? Katha Politt
Abortion opponents make up in passion what they lack in numbers. Katha Politt
In the 1960s, a number of mainstream religious organizations supported abortion in at least some circumstances. They included the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Episcopal Church Connie Schultz
Abortion is part of being a mother and of caring for children, because part of caring for children is knowing when it is not a good idea to bring them into the world. Katha Politt
I refuse to take the position that now I have to make the whole society of non Catholics, non believers, and even those Catholics who do not support the abortion dicta, I have to impose a law upon them. If you do that, you are talking about a Catholic theocracy. Mario Cuomo
Children when irregularly produced are a cause of great inconvenience. Benjamin Franklin
Now, you may be asking what I would have women replace the Pill with, since it's obviously so awful. Condoms? Vasectomies? The answer is: nothing. We need the kids if we're to breed enough to keep the Muslim invaders at bay. Breitbart
It’s a funny thing, but all those people who favor birth control have already been born. Anonymous