The following article is from the Family Watch International Website
Not surprisingly, the symbolic birthday of the seven billionth person on the earth recently has spawned a range of predictable, and mistaken, reactions.
Those who favor population control have seized upon this milestone to push for more aggressive population control measures and are using it as an excuse to call for greater access to abortion as a means of family planning.
The attitude of many is “My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts." Seven billion people, they say, is way too many and we must do something to stop this!
It reminds me of the saying that every so many seconds somewhere in the world a mother is giving birth to a baby. Population control activists would add, “So we better find that woman and stop her!”
However, the reality is despite this 7 billion people milestone, most nations are not experiencing a population explosion. They are experiencing a population implosion with not enough young people being born to fuel their economies.
The big die off that was predicted for the world in the 60’s due to burgeoning populations triggering famines and scarcity of food, simply never happened.
This is due in part to the rapid development of advanced technologies and farming techniques that have enabled the world to produce more life-sustaining essentials quickly with substantially less resources.
As a result of advances in medical sciences and the improved delivery of healthcare worldwide, people are living much longer, which is creating a new population dynamic. Most countries now have a higher percentage of older people than ever before in human history.
Consider these facts and projections:
- While worldwide population is increasing, it is increasing at a much lower rate. In 1960 the rate was 2.1 percent but this year the rate has dropped to 1.2 percent.
- Today, only 10 of the 193 countries in the world have an annual population rate increase above 3.0 percent.
- Family size has been steadily shrinking, even in developing countries.
- As a result, by 2050, worldwide there will be twice as many people aged 65 or older as there are aged 15 or younger.
- The most reliable estimate suggests that world population will peak at somewhere over 8 billion in about 30 years and then begin a steady decline.
- Worldwide population is likely to shrink back to below 7 billion by the end of the century.
- One hundred years from now, at the projected rate of decrease, world population will be 6 billion people and will likely lose another billion every 20 years thereafter into the 22nd century.
While these may seem like positive trends, shrinking populations are predicted to cause serious economic and social problems, particularly over the next couple of generations. This is because the proportion of the population that is older and beyond their working years will have to be supported by an ever smaller number of younger people still in the workforce.
In developed countries where birthrates first began falling, only a few are now at or near the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman. Currently, 80 countries with about half the world’s population are below replacement birthrate levels.
Many developed countries with declining birthrates are taking steps to increase the birthrate by offering various financial and other incentives. However, despite these incentives few of these countries have increased their fertility rates. As a result, these countries are currently in the process of committing “demographic suicide.” Unless something is done, eventually they will simply cease to exist.
For those interested in more detail on what has led to this population decline and the consequences for societies around the world we highly recommend “Demographic Winter” and “Demographic Bomb.” More information is available here.
To be sure, essential resources are not readily available in many parts of the world. But the problem is not so much one of scarcity of resources as it is the efficient and economic distribution of them. This is a political and economic problem.
In light of this, how can the continued push by so many for population control be explained? Ignorance of the facts is one reason, of course. But the more sinister one is that population control is camouflage for the push for unrestricted and easy access to abortion worldwide.
Population control advocates already are seriously being discredited simply by the fact that so many populations are declining. As these downward population trends continue and economic problems worsen it will become increasingly evident to everyone how destructive population control policies are.
The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), which is at the forefront of the world’s efforts to decrease population growth, needs a complete reversal of policy. Their goals should be to encourage child-bearing, not to promote abortion under the euphemism of “reproductive health.”
We still have a big job ahead of us to bring the hard facts to bear in exposing the other initiatives and policy agendas that are continuing to undermine the institution of the family around the world.
But to the 7 billionth baby who was born on October 31st, we welcome you to a world that needs more babies!