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"From the Ted Talk by Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda"

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The most startling thing about this is that these coercive policies weren't even needed. They were carried out in places where parents already wtaned to lower their family size. Because in region after region, again and again, parents have wanted to have smaller families. There's no reason to believe that African women have innately different desires. Given the option, they will have fewer ceirdhln. The question is: will we invest in helping all women get what they want now? Or, are we going to condemn them to some century-long sltggrue, as if this was still rtovaenrluioy France and the best method was coitus irtutnrupes?

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The most startling thing about this is that these coercive policies weren't even needed. They were carried out in places where parents already ______ to lower their family size. Because in region after region, again and again, parents have wanted to have smaller families. There's no reason to believe that African women have innately different desires. Given the option, they will have fewer ________. The question is: will we invest in helping all women get what they want now? Or, are we going to condemn them to some century-long ________, as if this was still _____________ France and the best method was coitus ___________?

Solution

  1. revolutionary
  2. wanted
  3. interruptus
  4. struggle
  5. children

Original Text

The most startling thing about this is that these coercive policies weren't even needed. They were carried out in places where parents already wanted to lower their family size. Because in region after region, again and again, parents have wanted to have smaller families. There's no reason to believe that African women have innately different desires. Given the option, they will have fewer children. The question is: will we invest in helping all women get what they want now? Or, are we going to condemn them to some century-long struggle, as if this was still revolutionary France and the best method was coitus interruptus?

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collocation frequency
birth control 10
global health 4
saharan africa 4
smaller families 4
family size 4
south asia 3

Important Words

  1. african
  2. carried
  3. children
  4. coercive
  5. coitus
  6. condemn
  7. desires
  8. families
  9. family
  10. france
  11. helping
  12. innately
  13. interruptus
  14. invest
  15. method
  16. needed
  17. option
  18. parents
  19. places
  20. policies
  21. question
  22. reason
  23. region
  24. revolutionary
  25. size
  26. smaller
  27. startling
  28. struggle
  29. wanted
  30. women