The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Reproductive Health law will be a big push for the nation in overcoming a very obvious handicap for its growth. Our population-control policy though would have to be on a frantic catch-up mode, and I do hope the Court’s ruling didn’t just allow a toothless population program.

Our country’s fertility rate—or roughly the number of children a woman can bear over her lifetime—is 3.1, much higher than the 2.1, or the number required to replace both parents, and thus maintain a stable population rate. The good news is that that ratio represents  a significant decline from the 6 when martial law was declared in 1972.

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