I consider myself a proponent of human rights so this is extremely difficult for me to consider this as an inevitable necessity, but, unfortunately it is. By 2050 the population of the world is expected to double. The world is already facing the consequences of global warming and health defects caused by pollution. We are in the middle of a mass extinction, though much of the population is blissfully unaware. The fact is that too many people are having too many children and the poorest people least equipped to care for these children are the largest offenders on this issue. Yes, I am a liberal and I am a staunch supporter of opportunities and rights. However, what good are rights without a world to enact them? We have to stop lying to ourselves before it is too late. We do not have enough resources to sustain an ever-increasing population. As the human populations world-wide increase, the rain forests, animal life and resources are dwindling because of it. Christian missionaries in the poorest countries where millions are dying of disease and starvation are blocking efforts to educate the masses in these nations about birth control even though many of these individuals cannot feed themselves much less several offspring. It is sickening and shameful that we are lying to ourselves. There need to be a massive effort to educate the public world-wide about the dangers of population control in hopes that individuals will limit their offspring to a maximum of two. If not, other step will have to be taken. When it comes to limiting population or not having a planet to live on I will certainly take the former before the ladder. To think otherwise is only to delude one's self. We need to address these problems now, before drastic measures have to be taken.
Populations should be controlled to ensure that there are enough supplies and land for everyone, because having a larger population means having more mouths to feed. If the population soars too high, there not be enough resources to sustain such a large multitude of people, eventually leading to conflicts over scarce resources such as water and may lead to the extinction of a species.
The population of a city or a country should be managed to prevent demographic imbalances. Such as all those baby boomers just about to retire.
A population law does not need to be as hash as the One Child policy in China. It can be a series of economic and/or social incentives to have more or less children. These tools can also be used to encourage or discourage migrants and refugees. These levers can be used to mange the population growth. At what rate the population should grow or decrease at is a separate question.
Our population is increasing all the time, in the long term we will be unable to provide the best care for everyone, as it will be economically impossible. Already the NHS and the benefits scheme are under pressure. Implementing a child control policy will help bring down our population over time, allowing the government to provide for everyone. Also our energy requirements will lessen, meaning green power could actually become possible. Of course somethig in the strain of China's one-child policy is a blunt instrument, but i believe some democratic contries could produce a fairier policy.
Our population is already going down. We don't need an unnecessary law. If we add a random law, then our world will be different. Think of China. They're only allowing 1 child per household. That law has obviously slowed down population, but some people are migrating to different countries because of that law.
What if a family only had 1 child and that child had an accident and did not survive it then the couples will grow old and soon die with the only child they had gone. There should at least be no law at all to ensure that families will have children to continue their name.
Limiting population is the dumbest idea since the splitting of the atom. China uses this as a way of maintaining viability,(which is a lie!). Most population concerns come from the premise that there's not enough land, or natural resources such as food, water, energy, ect. . To sustain the world. A complete lie. The biggest ever told. Look a who propagates this nonsense. China does have a very large problem with keeping its population fed, but that's because it strives to keep its people in workforce area's and urbanized zones. China has the equivalent of the entire United States land mass, in undeveloped, non agricultural areas. The simple truth is that all major countries don't want people to have enough food. Who would work in the factories, the offices, processing plants, and other meaningless to real life ventures? People have gotten away from the real world and live in a cyberspace driven alternate universe. While people like me who own a modest 30 acres of land grow enough food for my entire family and friends to last 6 months. They want population control so they can continue this live in the city, have resources shipped in and push button society. The world is headed for a rude awakening.
If population laws are too strict , it would have other social ramifications such as an aging population in the long run. For example, Singapore adopted a "Stop at two policy" and other disincentives to demote population growth, this disincentives are very successful, but it has lead to the replacement rate falling at a precipitous rate resulting in a growing dependency ratio and stressing those in the labor force
I don't believe we should have a population law because in the future this could limit adults from having the amount of children they would like to but I strongly believe there is a very solvable problem the government could fix. It's not just a national law but an international law where people stay in the country they were born in if there is no reason to leave. However in the case of a war (these mostly happen in communist countries anyway) I believe it is THAT country's' government to solve the problem of people wanting to migrate to countries like England and America. A good reason to migrate is for things like occupation, studies and ways that wold contribute to the economy. Back to the point of a population law I think this would only cause more problems and there are easier solutions that should be realised before the country does become over populated.