"We’re in an overpopulation crisis, why would we add more people to that?" Have you heard this abortion argument before, but struggled to reply? Now you can effectively combat the myth of overpopulation - and abortion as the answer- with this video, hosted by Steven Mosher from the Population Research Institute.Read Transcript More Resources Next Video
Some abortion advocates say that abortion is necessary to stop the world from becoming overpopulated. But is this true? Is the world really facing an overpopulation crisis? And even if it were true, would aborting large numbers of people be a moral way to respond?
It goes without saying that mass slaughter is a crime against humanity, and should never ever be proposed as the solution to any human problem.
Overpopulation or no, would you support the annihilation of any segment of humanity--the elderly, for example, or the very young--or women, or men, or people of a certain race or culture? Of course not. The mass extermination of all or part of humanity is the stuff of supervillains or invading aliens.
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Thanos: Too many mouths, not enough to go around. And when we faced extinction, I offered a solution
Dr. Strange: Genocide.
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Agent Smith: Human beings are a disease. A cancer of this planet. You are a plague.
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Wilford: For optimum balance, however, there have been times when more radical solutions were required, when the population needed to be reduced rather…drastically.
And yet, there are those who not only support the mass slaughter of the preborn, but are actually engaged in carrying it out. All in the name of combatting something called “overpopulation.”
Take China, for example, which I know well. The Chinese government brags that it has eliminated 400 hundred million people from its population over the last forty years. I was in the operating room as government doctors were forcibly aborting and sterilizing women who, in some cases, were only weeks or days away from giving birth. These atrocities were committed in the name of combating overpopulation. In many other developing nations, from India to Indonesia, tens of millions of unborn children have also been aborted in the name of population control, many of them female.
Even if overpopulation were real, the destruction of so many people--each a unique and wonderful human being--would constitute the greatest tragedy in the history of the world. But “overpopulation” is not real; it is a myth. The world is not running out of living room or resources.
Take food, for instance. There are currently 7 ½ billion people on the planet, but we could easily feed, with current agricultural technology, twice that number. Since the “Green Revolution” of the 1970s, we are producing more food on less land, and humanity is eating better than ever before. Are there still hungry people? Of course. But this is not because there is a global shortage of food but because of corrupt governments, poor distribution systems, and ongoing wars and civil unrest.
Even more striking, the evidence indicates that the world isn’t in danger from overpopulation; it’s in danger from underpopulation. Around the world, birth rates have fallen, work forces are shrinking, while the numbers of elderly are dramatically increasing. This is a recipe for economic stagnation in countries like Japan, which is in the grip of a long-running “demographic recession.”
The answer to the world’s “population problem” is not aborting babies, it’s having babies! As David Brooks has written in the New York Times, “For decades, people took dynamism and economic growth for granted and saw population growth as a problem. Now we’ve gone to the other extreme, and it’s clear that young people are the scarce resource. In the 21st century, the U.S. could be the slowly aging leader of a rapidly aging world.”
Dozens of countries now have shrinking populations, and nearly have adopted policies that encourage people to date, get married, and have children.
Too many Americans have bought into the myth that having children will ruin our world.
The truth is that there’s plenty of room on God’s green earth for all of us. America needs to encourage young couples to marry and have children. Children are the only future a nation has; the only future a family has. They are the ultimate resource. Overpopulation is not only a myth, it is a myth that kills. And it kills both people and economies. In the world of the 21st century, we need more babies, not fewer. That means ending abortion.