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Population (81326-C2-¶162.I)

Delete current ¶162.I and replace with the following:
Population – Previous concerns about over population have now been replaced in many regions of the world by concerns about decreasing numbers of children, depopulation, and care for increased numbers of elderly by fewer working people.  Healthy societies should affirm parenthood and families, while also providing the economic opportunities that protect families and assure all people of care in their later years.  All children are a gift of God and provide parents with the opportunity for Christ-like giving and hope for the future.  We oppose any stigmatization of large families.  And we denounce any policy of forced abortion or forced sterilization.  

Rationale

The current language is dated and needs updating.