The Ethical Implications Of Overpopulation

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Overpopulation should be considered Earth’s top priority in terms of current and future threats. Reverting back to the interview with Richard Fitzpatrick (2016), sociology and criminology professor at Western Kentucky University, Fitzpatrick discusses the negative aspects and possible outcomes of human overpopulation. Fitzpatrick states there are many issues that are currently more important than overpopulation, such as the collapse of the political crises and the bombings in Aleppo. Essentially, overpopulation is of far less concern for society than terroristic acts and the potential collapse of our own political system. The funny thing is, at the start of the interview with Fitzpatrick, he states overpopulation should be addressed by all …show more content…
Of the vast amount of possible solutions found after researching and discussing professionals in the field of this predicament, there are only two semi-ethical ways that could potentially solve overpopulation. First, laws should be passed nationwide preventing families from having an excess amount of children (one or two children per family). Those who refuse to follow these laws will be penalized by fines, sterilization, or other means. China, a country constantly resting in the overpopulated category, has had the “one-child policy”, a law stating that a family may not have more than one child, unless that child is female, for nearly thirty-five years. The couples who have a female child must wait a minimum of five years before being approved to have a second child. Furthermore, any citizen who violates these policies will be sterilized or forced to have an abortion within the first trimester. And it has been successful, seeing as reports show this has taken part in preventing approximately 250-400 million births (Mitchell, 2013, p. 244). China has now removed this law and replaced it with the “two-child policy”, due to the plentiful effects of the previous law and to limit the amount of unethical forced abortions and sterilizations of those refusing to conform to the one-child policy (Mitchell, 2013, p. 242). This child law would be an easy solution, seeing as it lowers the amount of children being born and decreases the resources being used to support larger families. China has also reported a lower cost of living due to these regulations (Mitchell, 2013, p. 254). The problems when faced with these laws are the tedious processes it takes just to be noticed by the government and the penalties of not following them if they are set into motion. It takes a lengthy amount of time for a law to even be considered by the government. A society, especially the American

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