Is that due to government support of family planning in Bangladesh compared with Pakistan?
When you have an effective family planning program, it should reach everyone. In Bangladesh, it has been able to reach everyone, irrespective of level of education, urban or rural, whether they are poor or affluent. In Pakistan, because there has not been an effective family planning program, only women who are living in urban areas, more educated, or coming from upper- or middle-class families are using contraceptives…In Bangladesh, there is accessibility of everyone to contraceptives—they are almost free and health workers are able to deliver it to those who can’t afford it. Finally, I’d like to ask about the significance of culture when looking at population growth and fertility. One of the basic theories of fertility has been that…certain cultures support smaller family norms and others don’t. That was a theory that was pretty acceptable until the 1970s. I think a factor which had tremendous impact on the cultural transition vis a vis family planning and fertility is the concep