Deal with myths about population growth to improve birth control, says MP

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 26 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6973
  1. Max Gethin and Ben Terrington
  1. 1London

Ten myths about world population need to be dealt with before progress can be made on meeting the challenges and dangers of mass population growth, an MP has warned. If these myths are not dispelled further progress on the millennium development goals is unlikely.

In the paper, Sex, Ideology and Religion: 10 Myths about Population Growth, Conservative MP for Croydon South Richard Ottaway, and researcher Genevieve Hutchinson say that key misunderstandings surrounding family planning and population growth include the beliefs that the population explosion is over, that population growth is inevitable, and that foreign …

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