Vanderbilt Law Review

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Any discussion of the ethical issues in population limitation and redistribution must begin by focusing upon the definition of "the problem," because how one views the problem, and its urgency and gravity, inevitably determines whether there is something that ought to be done and what it is that ought to be done.

As laymen in many of the areas that are relevant to the population problem, we are forced to rely on the expert knowledge of others. It would be highly salutary if there were a body of received opinion that could be used without hesitation. Unfortunately, on many crucial matters this is not the case. We are put in the uncomfortable position of the patient who must decide what to do when his doctors disagree.