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  • PRO: China's "one child" policy is key to stabilizing global population growth "Family Planning in China". Information Office of the State Council Of the People's Republic of China. 1995: "China is home to more than one-fifth of the world's population. It thoroughly understands the responsibility it bears in stabilizing world population growth and the essential role it should play. Family planning as an effective solution to China's population problems is more than just responsibility towards the well-being of the Chinese people and future generations; it is a duty owed to maintaining the stability of the world population. Working for the common interests of all of humanity, at the same time working for individual interests of each nation, the international community and each nation should work together to solve the population problems facing individual nations and the entire world. This will promote development and progress in every country and throughout human society."
  • CON: Condoms/sex-ed better population control than "one child" "China's population: The most surprising demographic crisis." The Economist. May 5th 2011: "coercive controls had little to do with lowering fertility, which would have happened anyway. Countries that simply improved access to contraceptives—Thailand and Indonesia, for instance—did as much to reduce fertility as China, with its draconian policies. Taiwan, which the government in Beijing regards as an integral part of China, cut its fertility rate as much as China without population controls."
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  • May 8th. KProM40A3 wrote the following argument against animal testing on the article's talk page: "It's Wrong! I may only be 13 years of a age, but I am entitled to an opinion and that opinion is that animal testing is unethical and inhumane. I believe there should be braver scientists out there who should test things on themselves. I know animal testing reduces the amount of human lives lost, but basing the use of animals in medicinal testing just because they are 'inferior' to us, is highly unacceptable. Animals are an important part of the ecosystem and should be treated nicely and almost like equals to humans."
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  • April 30th. Debate: Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders was finished for the Debate Digest.

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  • Birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants US Republicans in Congress and in Arizona have been challenging birthright citizenship aggressively in early 2011, engaging a PR campaign on the topic and introducing legislation calling to end it.[2]

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