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Population Control and Consequences in China
Many of these procedures were coerced. Half the people in India live in states with policies that penalize, to varying degrees, families with more than two children to discourage large families. The natural ratio is boys per girls. Countering overpopulation hysteria continues to be important. The world is doomed, many people argue, citing poverty, dwindling natural resources, and an allegedly unsustainable rate of population growth. They say there are just too many problems to overcome. But is that really the case?
Can Asia's population bomb be defused?
PIP: The UN optimistically identifies an emerging trend in Asia and in much of the rest of the world in the form of determination by women to reduce their family size by resorting to birth control methods, often against the wishes of their husbands. The new trend also seems to parallel women's new desire to go out and work. Yet, it is also in Asia that such countries as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Burma are the cause of serious demographic concern.
A decline in the birth rate and an increase in life expectancy means there will soon be too few workers able to support an enormous and aging population, the academy warned. The academy estimated the contraction would begin in , though others believe it would come sooner or has already begun. It then raised the limit to two children for all families in , in hopes of encouraging a baby boom.