Apr 6, 2007, 9:18 AM
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Re: [geri] Very Interesting Population Article
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Birth control here in México.
Here in México since way back in the 1970's the Federal Government has had active and sometimes oppressive programs of birth control.
As was pointed out above they run education programs. They distribute condoms. They also run sterilization programs which as I say sometimes become opressive. When a woman gives birth in a clinic or hospital she is usually offered a free sterilization at the same time. Sometimes, and this has been a real matter of controversary, she is sterilized without her consent, or if with consent, she had signed a permission she wasn't aware of.
Other times devices are inserted without permission, which have also resulted in many reported cases of unrequested sterilization, or of infection or allergic reaction. Even now in century 21 I see a few such cases reported each year in the newspapers where the "victims", usually of poor or illiterate backgrounds, complain about "malpractice" from these causes.
Nevertheless, the birth control programs have had excellent results among women for the nation as a whole. No longer does one run into families with 24 children "all from the same woman" as was boasted to me by a peón at that time living in a village yet without electricity.Also the incidence of Downs Syndrome has dropped drastically.
The same cannot be said about the free vasectomy programs offered the men. Because of the "macho" attitude of most Mexican men those programs have very few takers.
The Federal Government is quite satisfied with the results which are very evident in the statistical decline in the birth rate. They are still trying to get it below 2 which is the desired reproduction rate for each couple.
Will they stop their programs when that rate is finally reached? Probably not, as the goal seems now to be tied more to the economic well-being of the family. Too, there are a lot of beaurocratic jobs and dollars tied to those programs and beaurocrats hate to lose jobs and programs.
In sum, the results have so far been good for México, at the cost of some individual pain but economic gain for most.