Lack of sanitation, water cause deaths to mount up

The bizarre diatribe against racist eugenics, overpopulation and Ted Turner by Mr. Jason A. Edwards is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on contraception and family planning in areas of the world where people are populating themselves back into the stone age.

He finally reveals his core agenda in the 10th and final paragraph of his rant when he says ” God asked us to be fruitful and multiply and to fill the earth….Preventing our neighbor from being born is not love, it’s the very definition of selfishness and must be rejected.”

How ironic that he should talk about selfishness and love while at the same time arguing against giving poverty stricken women the option to manage the size of their families because of his own religious beliefs! Nothing could be more selfish and less loving than that!

Take Africa, for instance. Many of the Africans he pretends to care about spend their lives ducking bullets, fighting starvation, and huddling in the degradation and violence of filthy, disease ridden camps where their prospects for better lives are virtually nil. Yet he clearly believes that it’s more important to promote new life at all costs, to follow 1,500 year-old biblical teachings and to support modern political battles against reproductive rights, than to consider what’s best for starving mothers who (a) already have more kids than they can feed, (b) don’t want to bring more babies into the grim world they live in and (c) often don’t have the option of saying no to sex.

In the coming decades we will see wars fought as much about water as anything else, especially in Africa and the middle east. Worldwide, almost 1 billion people live without safe drinking water. More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes.

Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours. 2.5 billion people worldwide live without proper sanitation. But Mr. Edwards and his fellow extremists consider it a crime akin to eugenics and a heretical proposition to provide even the most basic family planning resources to women who live in these inhumane and degrading conditions. How very, very sad.

Dean Barbour
Manuel Antonio
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