Population: A Debate over Sovereign Rights

U.S. views on capitalism and abortion stir controversy

They were dressed in Indian saris, African robes and Western business suits, and they spoke a cacophony of languages. More than 3,000 delegates from 148 nations crowded into Mexico City's Tlaltelolco Center last week to attend the second United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Population. Their purpose was nothing less than to find ways to curb the growth of the world's population, which threatens nearly to double to 8.3 billion by the year 2025.

The most controversy was generated not by the depth of the problem but by the attitude of the U.S., which accounts...

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