In a remarkable convergence of events, on Sunday the Pope spoke out on our duty to conserve the Earth for the generations to come and on Tuesday the Planned Parenthood Federation held its Pink-Out rally for women's reproductive health care.

It took until 1850 for the world's population to reach one billion. Today we are adding a billion people every 20-25 years.

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Imagine what that crush of humanity does to the Earth in terms of food supplies, potable water, use of fossil fuels, decimated forests and diminished wildlife habitat, not to mention forcing thousands to migrate in search of better lives.

Today about one-third of U.S. pregnancies are unplanned. Only about 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's finances go toward abortion; the rest helps women and men with reproductive health care, including contraception and cancer screening. If these services were more readily available, abortion would be unnecessary.

Like our Constitution, which has changed with the times to end slavery and give women the right to vote, the Catholic Church should update its position on "Go forth and multiply."

We've done that to an extreme. Let's use the intelligence God gave us and support Planned Parenthood for the good of our people, our descendants and our beautiful planet.

Margaret Engvall, Baltimore

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