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Family Planning

January 26, 1994

The United States population grows by more than 2.5 million people every year. China, Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, India, most Third World countries, as well as the countries of Europe, have introduced family planning programs in an attempt to bring their population under control. The United States has no such program.

In addition, the United States has the fastest growing population in the industrialized world and boasts the highest incidence of teen-age pregnancy. If every birth to a teen mother had been delayed until the mother was in her 20s, the federal government would have saved $11.7 billion in 1991 alone. Money is not the issue, however. Environmental degradation has reached crisis proportions. We need a family planning program to join other nations to help bring the world's population under control.

BOBBIE CORBETT

Garden Grove

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