In recent years, much attention has been devoted to the problems of overpopulation and attempts at slowing population growth. The number of people is expanding at an alarming rate, thereby threatening the physical environment as well as the quality of human life. The United Nations has not adequately dealt with the population problems. This paper outlines the existing problem and its ramifications, and discussses the UN position regarding human rights in the area of family planning. Questions are raised, as to what the rights consist of, if they are absolute, and if protection of the quality of life should limit population growth. In light of the shortcomings of the UN position, a more realistic approach is offered, focusing on the particular problems facing the world today. The role of law in the population area is considered. Possible population policies are discussed and evaluated in light of the aforementioned human rights and population realities.
Susan C. Eisenhauer,
Legal Implications of Population Control: A Practical Reevaluation of Some Human Rights Considerations,
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