I’m an environmental journalist, but I never write about overpopulation. Here’s why.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com | 2017 Vox Media, Inc. | Sep 26, 2017, 9:20am EDT I did an event with environmental journalist (and personal hero) Elizabeth Kolbert late last week, in which we discussed various matters related to journalism and climate change. Subsequently, one of the attendees wrote and asked why I hadn’t talked about population. Isn’t overpopulation the real root of our environmental ills? Anyone who’s ever given a talk on an environmental subject knows that the popu...
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Growth Bias Busted – Spotlighting Pro-Growth Bias in the Media

Dave Gardner | GrowthBusters.org Just a few weeks ago, in The Daily Beast, senior columnist Matt Lewis told the world, "it's insane for a nation to aspire to a smaller population." In OH, BABY! The Fertility Rate Is Way Down, and Yes, That's a Huge Problem, Lewis spread the lie that as our population has increased, we've become more prosperous and "environmentally friendly," as "predicted by economists like Julian Simon...." A few days later, a Newsweek reporter took note and reported "...
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Letter: Another benefit of birth control: improved pregnancy outcomes

By Cara C. Heuser | The Public Forum | Salt Lake Tribune Regarding “The only man in Utah we want touching our birth control is Rep. Ray Ward” (The Tribune, Nov. 12): The voices of health care professionals are important in this discussion; I commend the authors for noting that contraception can be a practical, rather than an ideological, issue. As a physician caring for women with complicated pregnancies, I echo the authors’ assertion that contraception has many practical benefits. It is ...
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Letter: Rep. Ward’s family planning legislation makes sense

By Kat Martinez | The Public Forum| The Salt Lake Tribune As a mentor to teen moms, I am extremely grateful family doctor Rep. Raymond Ward is introducing legislation to offer coverage for family planning. The Health and Human Services committee members at the Capitol should enthusiastically support the family planning services amendments by Ward. There are thousands of Utahns who fall through the coverage gap. Over 200,000 Utah women need publicly funded planning services. A Medicaid state ...
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World Vasectomy Day – November 17, 2017

In the midst of earthquakes, scandals, and politics, World Vasectomy Day sets a new precedent for masculinity Press Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Alison Hoover, ahoover@worldvasectomyday.org Mexico City, Mexico, November 11, 2017: In the midst of political tension, a year of striking sexual abuse revelations in male-dominated industries and a catastrophic natural disaster, the fifth anniversary of World Vasectomy Day - the largest male-focused family planning event in his...
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Commentary: The only man in Utah we want touching our birth control is Rep. Ray Ward

By Rebekah Birdsall and Hannah Murphy | For The Tribune Although conversations regarding access to birth control and women’s health care are often presented from an ideological standpoint, for the women we serve, affordable access to contraception is not ideological. It is essential health care. As two student women’s health nurse practitioners at The University of Utah, we are outraged and exhausted to witness our male political leaders launch nearly constant attacks on safe and cost-effe...
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Trump, Niger and Connecting the Dots

Thomas L. Friedman New York Times OCT. 31, 2017 Refugees waiting for aid in Diffa, Niger, last year. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York Times It is easy to ignore the recent story of four U.S. servicemen killed in Niger, the giant state in central Africa, because the place is so remote and the circumstances still so murky. That would be a mistake. Niger highlights a much larger problem — just how foolish, how flat-out dumb President Trump is behaving. Trump is a person who doesn’t conn...
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Tribune Editorial: Birth control fights poverty

By The Salt Lake Tribune Utah politicians worry a lot about poverty. The kind that causes homelessness and crime. The kind that leads to dependency. The kind that is handed down from generation to generation. The kind that leaves the taxpayers stuck for Medicaid, law enforcement, special education and other costs. Such politicians are sometimes heard to blame the poor for their own situation, for the bad decisions and the lack of impulse control that get them into a financial hole they fin...
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Utah lawmaker says providing birth control for poor women would prevent hundreds of abortions

Salt Lake Tribune By MICHELLE L. PRICE The Associated Press Published: July 13, 2017 10:03AM Updated: July 13, 2017 10:03AM A plan to cover the costs of birth control for poor women in Utah would help women and families climb out of poverty by preventing unwanted pregnancies and save taxpayer money and prevent abortions, a state lawmaker working on the proposal said Wednesday. Utah is one of seven states that don’t offer family planning coverage for low-income residents, but Rep. Ray Wa...
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