According to surveys from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the U.S. has been growing exponentially since 1790. After viewing the Census document at Census.gov and crunching the numbers, it is apparent that the population is growing exponentially. In 1790, the population of the U.S. was at a mere 3.9 million people. In 1900, the population grew to 76.2 million people. Then, by 1990, the population of the U.S. was 248.7 million people.
With the US growing at this rate, imagine what the population will be one hundred years from now. If the US follows the same trend, it will have approximately 1.073 billion people in 2100. We probably won’t ever reach this population because we won’t be able to survive with that many people. However, it’s still something to think about.
According to the CDC, approximately 49% of the pregnancies in the US in 2006 were unintended. This number is scary considering the fact that we have the technology and sciences today to prevent unintended pregnancies. One of the problems, though, is that not everyone has access to or knowledge of these pregnancy prevention means.
Planned Parenthood is an organization whose primary focus is helping to prevent unintended pregnancies. Planned Parenthood educates young people on safe-sex, gives easy access to birth controls and contraceptives, and performs abortions. Planned Parenthood is also involved with helping Spanish speaking communities. On their website, you can view any page in English or Spanish.
In 2013/2014, Planned Parenthood reported that they “reached 1.5 million young people and families through sex education and outreach.” and claimed to have “helped reduce teen pregnancy to a 20-year low”
Unfortunately, not everyone has access to Planned Parenthood centers. Planned Parenthood only has 700 centers in the country. Although this is a lot, the US Census Bureau reports that there are over 19,000 “incorporated places” (cities and towns) in the US. This means that over 18,000 “incorporated places” don’t have a local Planned Parenthood center.
With only 700 centers, Planned Parenthood was able to help 1.5 million people. Imagine how many more people Planned Parenthood could help if they had at least one center in every city. In theory, they could help approximately 41.46 million people through sex-education and outreach.
Of course, it is unreasonable to think that Planned Parenthood could create at least 18,000 more centers around the country over night. However, if they constantly expanded every year, the goal could eventually be reached.
My population growth plan is to have Planned Parenthood open about 20% more centers every year until every city has access to at least one center. Although this would take quite a lot of time and effort, it could significantly help with population growth in the US. The graph to the right shows how the population of the US is currently growing and what it could look like with the implementation of my plan.
The only big negative aspects of this plan are that it would require a lot of resources to carry out and some people are against the ideologies of Planned Parenthood. Creating 20% more centers per year would cost boatloads of money for materials, construction, paying employees, and everything else in the process.
Although there are negative impacts, the positive impacts outweigh them significantly. First of all, educating people on sex will allow them to make better informed decisions. Secondly, providing education, birth control, and contraceptives can help with the percentage of unintended pregnancies, which in turn could lower the rate at which our population grows. Lastly, because of the fact that Planned Parenthood reaches out to Spanish speaking communities, this language can still be fully present and sustained in the US.
Here is a link to my citation page.