The Starving World.....Abortion? Sterility? Contraceptives?

United States
March 21, 2011 1:28am CST
There is an unknown microbe that infected half of the world's population.. People are starving. Scientists have no cure or anyway to control this microbe and were unable to predict if there will be a solution or when will this solution be found. at this rate the world's human population will perish in just a few generations from starvation. A World union is made and you were chosen to be the ethicist of this group. This WORLD UNION is made to make decisions for the world's problem's such as food shortages. As the ethicist of this group you are to vote in favor or against the idea of "compulsive abortion and sterility program" the "Compulsive abortion and sterility program": 1. 50% of men and women population of the globe is selected at random and must get a sterility operation. 2. the remainder of the population cannot procreate except with a special permit and they are only allowed one child(I think this was similar to that one that they have in china). 3.All pregnancies must be compulsively aborted when female gives birth to one child. 4. all of three can be repeated every three years depending on the world's food supply. As the ethicist will you vote for or against the compulsive abortion and sterility program? Can you give a good reason why you have voted so? Is ethics your biggest concern in a scenario like this one? If you would like some changes in this idea of Compulsive abortion and sterility program what would they be?
2 responses
@thesids (22359)
• Bhubaneswar, India
21 Mar 11
Compulsive abortions and sterility programs have failed for sure and the best examples emerged in the recent past - the earthquake in china and japan(though nothing of this sort is a law at Japan) - these countries have today a majority of people who are in the old age group. Many families were left childless during the earthquake in china and the government had to withdraw their one-family one child rule. The same is happening at Japan where there is a majority of people who would be old and there is going to be a lack of the younger people...
• United States
21 Mar 11
Remember you are the ETHICist.
• United States
21 Mar 11
YOu are asked to give your opinion about the ethics of this program.
@thesids (22359)
• Bhubaneswar, India
21 Mar 11
Ok, in that case, everyone has a right to decide how many and when to have... The ethics in me would favor the people and not the policy
• Guadeloupe
21 Mar 11
People have been trying to control populations for centuries. Pharaoh tried to limit the number of Hebrews in Egypt by having baby boys killed - didn't work. India tried a forced sterilisation programme - didn't work. These things have a way of regulating themselves.