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    Horace Boothroyd III

    people on the lower ends of the income scales have had more children, partially because it increased the odds of some surviving to adulthood. of course, the influence of the catholic church in poorer countries doesn't help.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 03:45:24 PM PDT

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    •  Mexico went from 7 children per woman to (4+ / 0-)

      2.3 in 30 years once the pill was made available and sterilization was subsidised (but not forced).

      When women get to make the choice, they have fewer kids.

       It certainly helps when vaccination and sanitation programs increase the odds of survival, but only a very small percentage of women anywhere genuinely want to have more than 2-4 kids, and some just don't want any.

      "But the traitors will pretend / that it's gettin' near the end / when it's beginning" P. Ochs

      by JesseCW on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 03:58:29 PM PDT

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