Even while China, which has the largest human population on earth, has recently announced plans to liberalize its one-child-per-couple policy, an American activist is calling for mandatory abortion elsewhere. Celebrity author Dan Savage, who is active in gay political circles, called for abortion to be made mandatory for 30 years in order to reduce global population. When asked by an audience member on an Australian television program, “Which so-called dangerous idea do you each think would have the greatest potential to change the world for the better if it were implemented?”, Savage answered “Population control. There’s too many god—- people on the planet!”
The audience responded with applause as Savage continued, “And I don’t know if that’s a – you know, I’m pro-choice. I believe that women should have the right to control their bodies. Sometimes in my darker moments I’m anti-choice.”
The acerbic pundit went on, “I think abortion should be mandatory for about 30 years. That’s a dangerous idea. She wanted a dangerous idea. So throw a chair at me.”
Savage has made controversial statements in the past, including an expressed wish that “the Republicans were all fucking dead,” as well as calling for a political candidate to "be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope.”
Even while China has said it would allow some couples, if both parents come from one-child families, to have more than one child, there is no sign that the Asian giant will relent when it comes to mandatory abortion. In China, those women who are unable to pay enormous fines because of an illegal pregnancy are arrested by law enforcement and then taken to government hospitals where they are subjected to forced abortions. Recently in China, an expectant mother was awakened in the middle of the night at her home by government agents who took her to a hospital where she was forcibly injected with an abortion-inducing drug that killed her baby at 6 months gestational age. Babies are also aborted at full term, some times dying their mother's arms, while others are thrown in buckets while they are still alive. Pro-life activists in China are regularly persecuted by the government.
Savage's case for mandatory abortion echoes a similar idea that was circulated by the Obama administration's senior science advisor. In his book, Ecoscience, White House science advisor John P. Holdren advocated forced abortions and compulsory sterilization, along with other population control measures to be meted out by a "Planetary Regime”.
Despite his avowed Catholic faith, Vice President Joseph Biden said in a 2011 speech at Sichuan University that he “fully understands” China’s one child policy.
Observers note that human population is actually on its way to tabling off by 2020 and then drop after 2050. Some countries, such as Spain and Italy, are now experiencing negative natural population growth.
The Economist magazine recently reported, “Fertility is falling and families are shrinking in places— such as Brazil, Indonesia, and even parts of India—that people think of as teeming with children. As our briefing shows, the fertility rate of half the world is now 2.1 or less—the magic number that is consistent with a stable population and is usually called “the replacement rate of fertility”. Sometime between 2020 and 2050 the world’s fertility rate will fall below the global replacement rate.”
Because of falling fertility rates, Western Europe's will drop from 460 million to just 350 million by the end of the 21st century. Russia and China could lose half their population. Germany’s birthrate has sunk to to just 1.36, with Italy’s at 1.4 and Spain at 1.48, thanks to a natural phenomenon called “demographic transition,” which is the shift from high death rates and high birthrates to low death rates and low birthrates.
The number of human beings in the world will peak at 9 billion from 2050-2070 and then it will start its decline. “In the long term—on the order of centuries—we could be looking at the literal extinction of humanity,” wrote Wise, who cited a 2008 report by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
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