No, for several reasons.
1. The US doesn't have a population problem. We're a geographically huge, resource-rich country with a fraction of the population density of most other developed countries. There's no population problem. What we have is a resource over-use problem. And because population control is a slow, long-term approach, it will have no beneficial effect in the immediate or even midterm future, which is what we need - we need something that will help right now. While it certainly wouldn't hurt for us to bring our population down, it is not enough of a problem to even begin to justify the fact that...
2. ...It is impossible to enforce population control without violating people's rights. I'm pro-choice. That means I don't believe in coercing a woman into aborting any more than I do coercing her into continuing a pregnancy. Not ok. People have a right to bodily sovereignty. And besides...
3. ...There's other stuff that works better. Namely education. China trying to force their populace to limit their families has been less successful than the efforts of education, highly available birth control, opportunities for women, and good health care. This works better. Countries that have those things have lower birth rates... sometimes lower than China. And it also avoids that pesky problem of stomping all over people's right to their bodies and lives.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 11-14-11 at 09:19 AM.
The United States is not overpopulated. There is no need for population control here. Very few, if any, industrialized (first world?) nations suffer from overpopulation. An aging population, with a shortage of young people, is a much more substantial problem. If there is any population control to be had here, it would be killing off the old people, not preventing births of new young people. Not saying that exterminating the aged is necessary, moral, or recommended, just that preventing more people from being born is even less necessary or recommended.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 11-14-11 at 06:51 PM.