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Discussion Essay-Should we Encourage Population Control by Limiting Family Size Given our Obligations to the Future Generations?

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  1. Introduction
  2. Moral Framework/Virtue Ethics Theory
  3. The case for the thesis
  4. The case for the opposition
  5. Conclusion

Increase in population has become the concern of many countries in the world. Statistics show that there has been a tremendous increase in population in the recent past. The increase in population has its positive and negative effects as well as the influence it has in the world. Availability of a good workforce and massive production is among the positive effects of the increase in population. Industries enjoy a wide source of the available workforce, which leads to increase in production. One of the negative effects is the straining of national resources, which results to other vices like unemployment. Different countries have adopted different strategies of addressing this concern to establish a good state of balance. Population control is one of the strategies that these countries have applied in their quest of regulating population. Limiting family size is an emerging trend that is becoming popular in many countries (McLean, 2006). This essay will focus on the pros and cons of the strategy in addressing the concern of increase in population. However, the essay will refer to the moral theory of virtue ethics to present a viable argument. In addition, the essay will take those supporting the introduction and application of limiting family size as the main source of opposition.

[...] Normative ethics and objective reason. Bucharest, Romania: PAIDEIA Publishers. Allison, A. C. (1970). Population control. Harmondsworth, Eng.: Penguin Books. Alward, P. T., & Canada. (1982). Population control. Ottawa: Library of Parliament. Littlewood, T. B. [...]

[...] (1977). The politics of population control. Notre Dame, Ind: University of Notre Dame Press. Hart, H. H. (1973). Population control: for & against. New York: Hart Pub. Co. Shimm, M. G. (1960). Population control. S.l.: Duke University School of Law. [...]

[...] Analysis shows that there is no winner between those who support and who are against limiting family size, but those against the policy produce strong policies and supporting arguments that are stronger than the arguments of those in the opposition. Those in support claim that it is for the social and economic good of the society while those against it base their argument on the impacts of the methods used to limit family size. This debate brings in morality and ethical issues that require the application of appropriate moral POPULATION CONTROL frameworks to help in decision-making. [...]

[...] There are those individuals that value reproduction because their religion gives them the responsibility of reproduction. The decisions that such individuals make will always depend on teachings of their religion. In most cases, the teachings and practices of religion will always discourage any methods of limiting population size as a population control measure. If individuals rely on religion as a source of guidance, it then means that they apply virtue ethics in their decisions. Religion instills moral values and qualities in an individual, which help in solving problems as well as POPULATION CONTROL making informed decisions. [...]

[...] However, the limitations of the policy outdo the benefits suggesting that it is not a feasible approach towards the problem of population control. To begin with those in support of using family size limitation as a method of population control will argue that the process will lead to favorable economic conditions. They will make their decisions because of their understanding of the issue rather than making decisions based on the rule of law. Others will argue that increase in population leads of consumption of resources that could have been used in financing the economy of future generations. [...]

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