Environment Family Planning Population Reproductive Health

Family Planning Helps the World

© Richard Grossman MD, MPH, 2023

I was asked recently to write a chapter for an ebook “Conception and Family Planning – New Aspects” I don’t think that the book has been completed, but my chapter is available. I hold the copyrights to the chapter, but would be delighted to consider reprinting. Please contact me at: (Note: the hyphen is obligatory.) The abstract is immediately below. And here is the url to the whole article: (I apologize for the attached advertisement).

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It is generally recognized that voluntary family planning is essential for the lives and health of individuals in today’s world. What is less frequently acknowledged is that family planning has decreased the growth of human population over the past decades. Despite many wonderful advances since the industrial revolution, humans have caused massive deterioration of the natural world. Examples include climate disruption caused by the increase in greenhouse gases and the sixth mass extinction of species. Without modern, voluntary family planning, these negative effects would have been greater. This chapter recommends increased attention to the global public health benefits of family planning by reducing the numbers of unintended births and thus the number of people contributing to our environmental deterioration.

By Richard

I am a retired obstetrician-gynecologist who has been fortunate to live and work in the wonderful community of Durango, Colorado for 40 years.