Dear Editor:

I'm writing this in response to a letter that I read in the Jan. 24 edition of the newspaper. The letter listed several past world leaders, and how many human deaths they were each responsible for. It then sarcastically wished the Roe vs. Wade case a happy 40th anniversary and implied that since 1973, abortion has claimed 55 million lives. This statement really got me thinking about society and some of the problems that we face.

Abortion is a widely disputed subject, which has caused many heated debates, and, in some cases, radical actions. There are many reasons for someone to choose to have this procedure done. They span from unwanted intercourse that results in pregnancy, all the way to genetic defects being found in the fetus.

No matter where you stand on this topic, there's one fact that's hard to ignore: The world's population is growing at an alarming rate, with no sign of slowing down.

Around 50 million Americans live in poverty. This means many people can't care for themselves and the children they already have. Would adding more people to the equation help the situation?

In my perfect world, every woman would have the right to birth one child. After that, there would be an application process to confirm that additional children could be adequately cared for. This would ensure that children would not be placed at a disadvantage by additional siblings.

All living species on this planet have a population capacity. After capacity is met, the extras often die of things like disease and starvation. As humans, we have adapted to increase this capacity. However, we are still not immune. It is estimated that around 8.5 million people die every year from starvation alone. In most developed countries, we are doing very well to ensure that this doesn't happen. Unfortunately, we are consuming resources at an alarming rate, with little consideration of the future consequences.

In conclusion, I ask you to consider the following: Are more people really the answer to our problems? I think not.