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Should Governments Use Power to Control Overpopulation Nowadays the worlds population is about 6 billion and is increasing rapidly Soon there will not be enough resources for the residences As a result overpopulated countries such as China have implemented some policies against overpopulation One of the most violent rules is to force people to limit their number of children In my opinion using power to limit the number of children a family can have is not a good solution for controlling overpopulation The first and most important reason is that limiting people to have a specified number of children has many problems One of the most important problems is female infanticide which is against human rights In fact many people prefer male children over females because of cultural traditions which regard males stronger and better able to help and support parents Recently modern technology such as ultra-sound helps people to know the sex of the baby before birth and abortion may occur if it is a girl As a result this policy drives many families to kill or abandon their baby girls Another important problem with this policy is that boys will outnumber girls very soon For example statistics show that the sex ratio in China with one child policy is 117 boys to 100 girls however the international sex ratio is 106 boys to 100 girls which is very different Consequently it is estimated that by 2020 about 33 million men will be unable to find a wife which leads to a variety of social problems Grant 1998 Another reason is that there are various methods that can be used to control overpopulation which are better options and governments can use them instead of using power One of the most effective methods is to educate people Research shows that rural families which have a lower level of education are more populated than families in big cities It also shows that parents
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