BETTY SCHABERG

USA

'I  recently watched an archeology documentary about an ancient brothel on  the east coast of England. The birth control method of the time was to  give birth, and, in the process, kill the baby. A large pit of baby  skeletons was the first clue. This information haunted me.  It makes me  thankful for today's birth control methods.

Anyone  planning to become sexually active needs to be prepared in the  prevention of both STIs and pregnancies. Organizations like Planned  Parenthood help girls and women get proper protection. With this help  available, it's hard to understand the number of abortions. Roe vs. Wade  is vital legislation in the USA, but education helps prevent the  unnecessary cessation of life.

My  husband and I were founding members of Zero Population Growth in the  60's, when in college. Our Earth was then already so overpopulated that  it seemed logical. My happiest days on earth were the days I had my  healthy children - first a girl, then a boy.

Over  the years I've become more and more concerned about pollution. It never  fails to amaze me that there is conflict about this. Lessening of  carbon emissions and recycling should be obvious!'

BETTY SCHABERG