Population – Archive

UN Honors Planned Parenthood Abortion Activist Barroso With Population Award

The United Nations awarded longtime Planned Parenthood executive Carmen Barroso for her work promoting “sexual and reproductive health and rights” at a ceremony at UN headquarters last week. The iconic abortion advocate dedicated the award to doctors and health providers who perform illegal abortions and explained how the motivation for her life’s work was personal. Dancing to a Brazilian tune as she received the UN Population Award, Barroso called these doctors “unsung heroes.” The head of the UN Population Fund Babtunde Osotimehin praised Barroso for 40 years of advocacy for “sexual and reproductive health and rights, including the right of adolescents to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services.” Barroso said she became pregnant early in her marriage. Life under the Brazil’s military regime was “too much to bear,” she said, adding that she and her husband wanted to put off having a family in order to pursue the “small pleasures of life” as well as “freedom and social justice.” She was “not comfortable with the daily dose” of hormonal contraceptives so she switched to an intra-uterine devise, which led to “copious periods with cramps.” While on the IUD she missed her period. “I froze with horror,” she exclaimed loudly. “The castle of my future came crumbling down,” adding that she was in such a state that she began feeling as if her husband was a “monster inseminator” who had “lost a mischievous sperm” that was now assaulting her “defenseless ovaries.” “There was only one way out,” she concluded. “Interrupt the pregnancy.” Barroso said she found a “very religious” doctor, but one “who saw that I was...

Pro-Abortion Lawmakers Pressure the G7 to Push Abortion Worldwide

G7 Leaders Commit to Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Leaders of the world’s most powerful countries are meeting this week at the 2016 G7 Summit in Ise-Shima, Japan. The 2016 Summit, like previous G7 meetings, has focused on some of the most pressing issues in the modern world. Items discussed included China’s bogus claim to the entire South China Sea, the Syrian refugee crisis, ways to rebuild a war-torn Ukraine, and formulating a strategy to defeat ISIS. But now G7 leaders are committing to advancing “sexual and reproductive health, rights, and services,” a term that, for pro-abortion activists, is synonymous with abortion on the international stage. A group of lawmakers pushed for access to abortion and “sexual and reproductive health” to be included as a topic of concern at this year’s Summit. A recent conference sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) paid for a gaggle of pro-abortion lawmakers to assemble in Japan to pressure the G7 to support of radical pro-abortion policy. The so-called “Global Conference of Parliamentarians on Population and Development Toward the 2016 Ise-Shima Summit” (GCPPD 2016) took place in Tokyo on April 26-27. The 100 or so left-leaning politicians in attendance predictably called upon world leaders to repeal laws in defense of life and increase access to abortion. The GCPPD 2016 declaration calls on the G7 to “remove legal barriers” to abortion, and to interpret existing abortion laws to ensure the maximum availability of abortion: Remove legal barriers preventing women and adolescent girls from access to safe abortion, including revising restrictions within existing abortion laws, and...

Focus on IPPF – International Planned Parenthood Federation

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the world’s largest purveyor and performer of abortion, works in 170 countries with Member Associations in 147 countries which operate in 159 countries with activities in an additional 11 countries. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is one Member Association. Its mission includes, “Advocating for the right to safe abortion services and providing them to the fullest extent permitted by law.” IPPF is well-funded and well-connected; a partner with the United Nations Population Control Fund (UNFPA) in efforts to gain parliamentarians’ support for ‘sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)’. Its active engagement at the United Nations includes funding country delegations to UN meetings where delegates recite IPPF talking points on issues that include access to abortion during negotiations. The following is a sample of recent IPPF actions. [from 2015: 47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22, 2015] IPPF Guide to the New Global Goals The new goals contained in the 2030 Agenda go into effect next month while the indicators to measure progress on the goals are still being developed. Sustainable Development Goals: A SRHR CSO guide for national implementation by IPPF sets out “what the new 2030 Agenda means for civil society organizations (CSOs) working on SRHR and how it can be used to push for progress at the national level”. Specific actions are described that IPPF suggests SRHR activist organizations consider taking on the national level to ensure they have a significant role in the 2030 Agenda “to drive progress on the development and implementation of national plans, to play a role in monitoring and accountability of...

Annual Birth Rates, by Marital Status — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1980–2014

CDC QuickStats The birth rate for married women (97.0 per 1,000) was more than three times that for unmarried women (29.4) in 1980. From 1980 to the mid-1990s, the birth rate among married women generally declined, whereas the rate for unmarried women generally increased. Both rates stabilized in the mid-1990s and then increased until 2007–2008. The birth rate among unmarried women declined from 51.8 in 2007 and 2008 to 44.0 in 2014. The birth rate for married women dropped 5% during 2007–2010 but increased to 88.7 in 2014.   [Hamilton B, Martin J, Osterman M, Curtin S. Births: preliminary data for 2014. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2015;64(6). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_06.pdf Adobe PDF file. Sally C. Curtin, MA. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2015;64:728, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6426a7.htm?s_cid=mm6426a7_e ]   QuickStats: Annual Birth Rates,* by Marital Status — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1980–2014† http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6426a7.htm?s_cid=mm6426a7_e 10 July 2015 MMWR Weekly July 10, 2015 /...

September – February 2014: Population

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…     NEW! Why Normal People Should Care About “Baby Busts” Eradicating the Poor: Why Are Billionaires Paying for Abortion and Pushing Population Control? Russia’s Troubles Belie the Great Myth that Low Fertility Leads to a Healthy Society … Why Normal People Should Care About “Baby Busts” Long, long ago, when Anne’s parents were in college (sorry, mom and dad), demographers made an observation: they saw that for most of human history, even though couples were having far more than two children, mortality was also very high. The result was that populations either stayed the same or grew very slowly. Then, with the advent of modern medicine, our life expectancy doubled, and then doubled again. And, not unexpectedly, our population doubled, and then doubled again, as well. Population alarmists saw this doubling as the harbinger of catastrophe: “The world is ending!” “We’ll breed ourselves to death!” “Famine!” “No more personal space!” But demographers developed a theory: since fertility and mortality had complimented each other for most of human history, and demographers predicted that they would one day soon do so again. Mortality would fall first, and then fertility would follow. After a while, things would be back in balance. For a while, this theory of the “demographic transition” seemed to work just fine. Countries modernized, mortality fell, and fertility, after a lag, followed the same downward path. But instead of stabilizing at 2.1 children per couple or so—zero population growth—as the demographers expected, fertility continued to fall. A growing number countries—Romania, Greece, Japan, Taiwan, and the Ukraine among...

How to Debunk the Myth of Overpopulation in Three Easy Steps

We are contacted all the time by people asking for how they can refute the arguments of those who believe that the world is overpopulated. So we have decided to create a short primer called “How to Debunk the Myth of Overpopulation in Three Easy Steps.” Before we start, however, let’s define overpopulation. Overpopulation describes a situation where the number of people exhausts the resources in a closed environment such that it can no longer support that population…   Visit link to read entire article —...

Population Control Advocates Plan to Expand Abortion Through Midwives

At the Women Deliver conference held this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, sexual and reproductive rights advocates have convened to present strategies on how to expand access to contraception and abortion to poor women and girls in developing countries. One such strategy is incorporating family planning and abortion as essential competencies provided by midwives. A full day symposium hosted by UNFPA and a subsequent follow-up meeting discussed how to help governments scale up midwifery programs. However, during a breakout session some attendees expressed concern over the “continuum of care” being proposed. “If you want to reduce maternal mortality,” a woman from Malawi said, “then let’s look at morbidity.” “Women are dying from lack of skilled birth attendants — this is the service they need to provide,” she continued. One of her colleagues added that additional midwives were needed but the country lacked the funding to train them. Countries that have made significant progress in lowering maternal mortality have done so by scaling up midwives. A health care stakeholder from Ghana said that midwives in his country were already providing comprehensive abortion services. While most maternal deaths occur from childbirth complications, family planning advocates primarily focus on increasing contraception prevalence to lower fertility rates and expanding access to abortion to reduce maternal mortality. By supporting the scale-up of midwives, family planning advocates know modern contraceptive methods and abortion services will be more accessible and it allows them to tap into funding previously designated to maternal and child health services. Because the Helms amendment prohibits U.S. funds from being used to perform or promote abortion, this new continuum of care should...

December – May 2012: Population

    FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES" IN THE LEFT MENU…     “Choice” — Abortion Behind Worldwide Demographic Spiral Urban Overcrowding Doesn't Mean the World is Overpopulated: 2+ minute video — http://www.lifenews.com/2012/11/28/urban-overcrowding-doesnt-mean-the-world-is-overpopulated/ United States Faces Demographic Bomb, Coming Underpopulation Problems Japan Proposes Robots to Help Elderly as Population Implodes Demographics as the Grim Reaper: The Death Knell of Low Birth Rates Asian Population Conference Laments Aging, But Touts Abortion and Contraception Iran’s Islamicists Orchestrate a Baby Bust: Who Would Have Imagined? Major Children’s Charity SAVE THE CHILDREN Criticized for Pushing Population Control Agenda Muslim World Faces Devastating Fertility Decline Architect of Reproductive Rights Joan Dunlop Dies as Her Legacy Unravels Commentary — Funding Barbarity: the West’s Love Affair with Coercive Population Control UNFPA Promotes Population Control at Rio+20 Conference UK Government Is Funding Forced Sterilizations in India Uzbekistan Forcibly Sterilizing Women for Population Control: BBC Report Population Decline Causing Political Upheaval in Asia Abortion, Underpopulation Could Cripple Singapore’s Economy… “Choice,” Abortion Behind Worldwide Demographic Spiral Whatever your political persuasion, chances are that you believe in choice. Those who favor the right to kill unborn human beings in the womb, of course, characterize their position with the appealing vocabulary of “choice”—but ignoring the fact that the child has no choice in the matter. Of course, even pro-lifers often assert the true importance of choice—the choice by women of whether or not to engage in sex, the choice of how many kids are right for one’s family, and so on. As morally responsible beings made in God’s image, we’re all for choice—but as Christians, we recognize the need to temper...

Ethnicity Shifts in Youngest Classes… U.S. Kindergarten: Many More Hispanics (2010)

More Hispanic children are likely in the next generation because the number of Hispanic girls entering childbearing years is up more than 30% this decade, says Kenneth Johnson, demographer at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute. The kindergarten class of 2010-11 (most of whom will graduate from high school in 2024) is less white, less black, more Asian and much more Hispanic than in 2000, reflecting the nation's rapid racial and ethnic transformation. The profile of the 4 million children starting kindergarten reveals the startling changes the USA has undergone the past decade and offers a glimpse of its future. In this year's class, for example, about one of four 5-year-olds will be Hispanic… A USA Today analysis of the most recent government surveys shows: * About 25% of 5-year-olds are Hispanic; 19% in 2000. Hispanics of that age outnumber blacks almost 2 to 1. * The percentage of white 5-year-olds fell from 59% in 2000 to about 53% today, and the share of blacks decreased from 15% to 13%. * Asian children enrolled have increased slightly, from 4% in 2000 to 5% in 2009. * The percentage of minority children is increasing even faster in suburban and rural areas than in urban areas. * Schools are facing linguistic challenges. Spanish-speakers increased from 14% in 2000 to 16% today. * Kindergarten enrollment is up, from 3.8 million in 2000 to about 4 million. [27-29Aug2010, USA TODAY weekend, Haya El Nasser; Paul Overberg, A.1, "Ethnicity Shifts in Youngest Classes"; Census...

Population Control Evolved (2010)

For the past forty years, the United Nations has been beating the drums about “overpopulation.” One of their most successful propaganda and fundraising gambits of late has been “World Population Day.” Steven W. Mosher It started as "Five Billion Day." This was the day—July 11, 1989, to be exact—when the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) estimated that the world's population would reach five billion. With one voice, the U.N. Population Fund, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and related anti-people groups decried the growing threat of “overpopulation,” and asked the governments of the world for billions of dollars to deal with this supposed crisis. But a billion human beings are not added to the planet's population very often. Annual funding requests needed an annual justification. Thus the following July 11th was billed as “World Population Day (WPD)”, as has every subsequent July 11th up to the present day. In its initial iteration, World Population Day consisted of dismal pronouncements from the United Nations Population Fund—the lead spear carrier for this unholy day—bringing us the bad tidings that we are breeding ourselves off the face of the planet. This early “apocalypse now” style proved effective at generating massive press coverage, which in turn prompted parliaments around the world to open up their purses. The rhetoric of World Population Day has softened considerably in the years since. First of all, the numbers simply didn't support the old population bomb thesis. Birth rates were falling farther and faster than anyone thought imaginable. Second, forced-pace population control programs in China and elsewhere had produced a backlash in the West. The 1994 Cairo conference marks...

Population Collapse in Canada & Lebanon (2010) – update

Lebanon is entering a new crisis — this time a demographic one… As recently as 1980, the average Lebanese family had 4.1 children. By 2000, this had fallen to 2.1, and the most recent total fertility rate (TFR) statistic for 2009 is 1.8 babies per woman [www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/country.php] This marks the first time in history Lebanon has fallen below the minimum replacement rate to prevent demographic decline over time. Lebanon has thus joined the expanding "club" of dying nations found on all continents now, but especially dominant in the northern hemisphere. A sign of this demographic malaise is that Lebanon employs many foreign workers to keep their economy functioning… The birth control business locations in Lebanon are all located in primarily Shi'a Muslim areas; the Shi'a Muslims are now probably the single largest religious denomination in Lebanon. The International Data Base (IDB) is a resource for accurate current and historic demographic information on most countries of the world. www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/country.php Canadian Parliament Report Sounds Alarm: Low Birth Rate + Aging = Financial Crisis One of the first official reports to indicate the disastrous consequences of Canada’s long-term below, replacement birth rate was released in Ottawa today by Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page.  While pro-life leaders have been warning of the impending disaster for years as abortion and contraception have wreaked demographic havoc, the financial fallout is beginning to strike home to governments worldwide. Taking into account Canada’s steady 1.5 birth rate, far below the 2.1 replacement rate, along with the accompanying ageing of the population, the report warns that “a major demographic transition is underway.” “During this time, the ageing of...

Germany’s Dilemma- The Other Side of Choice (2010)

Germany’s Dilemma- The Other Side of Choice The distribution of Germany's population is seriously skewed. The population is ageing and there are few births. Lower-Saxony – one of the northern countries of the Republic of Germany – is badly in need of babies. Germany's birth rate is 1.38 per woman, and a rate of 2.1 is required to replace the population. Even with an increased number of immigrants, a replacement rate seems impossible to achieve. Politicians are worried, but not just them alone. The people of Lower Saxony are being wooed by the media to produce more babies. With the slogan 'Baby Boom for Lower Saxony – The most romantic night of the year', Radio Antenne, a popular radio station in the northern part of Germany, spills its ads over the airwaves morning, midday and night. Low birth rates affect all areas of life. In 2009, many companies were looking in vain for candidates for apprenticeships. Approximately 10,000 apprenticeship positions remained unfilled because of lack of candidates. And this year does not look better. This forebodes a future shortage of skilled workers to replace those who die or retire. Encouraging pregnancies   Over the past two years, the German government has put a number of costly measures into effect to encourage couples become parents; increasing the number of kindergartens and after-school-care facilities, incentive pay for staying at home and having babies (up to €1,800 per month), plus an additional child allowance of €184 per child per month … all of this with only slight success. The babies that are born are not enough to replace the population. Is this...

Demographic Implosion Spurs Panicked South Korea to Enforce Abortion Ban (11/09)/ Update

Korea has one of the lowest birth rates in the world now, with an average of 1.08 children per woman. This is well below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman for developed nations. As of July 2009, Korea's population growth rate had plunged to a mere 0.266/1,000 population… As with the preference for sons, a significant number of men must pursue marriage with foreign women, which has caused many difficulties due to cultural differences. These difficulties have also led to more contraception, abortions, and divorce. [HLI Mission Report, June 2010]     Demographic Implosion Spurs Panicked South Korea to Enforce Abortion Ban Possibly three out of four pregnancies in Korea end in abortion The Republic of Korea has signaled its willingness to work to reverse a heavily pro-abortion culture through various measures, including beginning to enforce an abortion ban that has technically existed in the country for decades, in order to address the severe demographic implosion that threatens the country's economic stability, Korean sources report. The pro-birth effort was announced on Wednesday by the Presidential Council for Future and Vision, and includes proposals to expand benefits for single mothers and provide greater benefits to families with more than two children. "We have been a society that promoted abortion," Kwak Seung-jun, leader of the Presidential Council, told reporters. "There are few people who realize abortion is illegal. We must work to create a mood where abortion is discouraged." According to the Korean journal JoongAng Ilbo, the abortion ban – rarely enforced for decades, and even flagrantly violated in the 1960s and 1970s as part of official policy to...

The Overpopulation Movement Struggles to Stay Relevant (11/09)

Buoyed by the new money flowing into its coffers from the Obama administration, the overpopulation movement is once again lecturing us on the need to have fewer children.  But all the paid propaganda in the world can't hide the fact that birthrates have already fallen to historically low levels throughout the world. Steven W. Mosher     The Overpopulation Movement Struggles to Stay Relevant by Colin Mason Like aging sixties radicals seeking to relive their glory days, the fear mongers at the Optimum Population Trust (OPT) are still trying to scare us with the specter of overpopulation.  The trouble is, the world has moved on, even if they haven't.  The latest move by the British group—a major move to push contraception as the solution to global warming—has received a less than warm welcome from the global community. This couldn't have been what OPT expected when it tried to capitalize on the obsession of leftist politicians with global warming.  But their press release, put out in September of this year, struck many as more than a little self-serving.  Perhaps it was that it hailed contraception as, of all things, “the latest in green technology.”  Or perhaps it was the OPT funded the very study by the London School of Economics that it later hyped in its press release.  Then there was the study itself, which made the rather strange claim that, “considered purely as a method of reducing future CO2 emissions, family planning is more cost-effective than leading low-carbon technologies.” The report concluded by claiming that “the population issue must now be added into the negotiations for the Copenhagen climate change summit...

Demographic Report Reveals "Unprecedented Global Aging" (7/09; updated twice in 11/09)

Germany Faces Economic Downturn with Plummeting Birth Rate and Aging Population Germany, the juggernaut of the European economic scene, could be facing a critical downturn over the next five decades because of its dramatically shrinking birth rate and dropping population, a new government report has said. The falling and aging population will result in the eventual disintegration of Germany's generous social welfare programmes, including old-age pensions, the report warns. The Federal Statistics Office projected a drop in population from 82 million in 2008, the largest in the European Union, to between 65 million and 70 million. By 2060, 34 percent of the population will be older than 65 and 14 percent will be 80 or more, up from 20 percent and 5 percent respectively last year. "While the number of older people increases, fewer and fewer people will be of an age at which they can work," Roderich Egeler, the head of the statistics office said in the report. "This will have consequences for the social security system". Germany's 82 million citizens make it the most populated country in the EU, accounting for 16.4 per cent of the total European population. This is followed by France with 64 million, the United Kingdom with 61 million, and Italy with 60 million. None of these countries have a birth rate that allows for the population to remain steady and all rely upon immigration to maintain population and the work force. Germany Latvia, Slovenia and Italy are among the EU countries with the lowest percentage of young people. In these countries, only 1 out every 8 inhabitants is under 14. This is...

Commentary: World's Elite Make #1 Priority Population Control whileUnderpopulation Looms (09)

Commentary: World's Elite Make Population Control #1 Priority against Backdrop of Underpopulation Threat   Even though recent demographic study has revealed a great looming threat of demographic winter, the richest of the rich seem to believe that overpopulation is the top priority for their philanthropic endeavors.  John Harlow writes today in The Times about a secret meeting of the global financial elite, convened by Microsoft mogul Bill Gates, at which attendees agreed that curbing the world's population should be their top priority.  In "Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation," Harlow recounts that a May 5 meeting took place in Manhattan that included "David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America's wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey."  Harlow notes that the general agreement that population control was a major priority came at Gates' instigation. Gates' enthusiasm for population control comes as no surprise since he has himself admitted to being strongly influenced by the views of Thomas Malthus, the fear-mongering overpopulation guru of the late 18th century.  He has also admitted that his father headed a local Planned Parenthood while he was growing up.  (http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2003/may/03050902.html) Of note, The Times reports that at the secret meeting, participants "discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change."  "…Since the end of the Second World War, the world's population has grown by four billion, largely because of certain countries that have recently emerged on the international scene as new economic powers, and have experienced rapid development specifically because of the large number...

Singapore Sees Abortion Totals Rise, Underpopulation Over Economic Downturn (2009)

Singapore Sees Abortion Totals Rise, Underpopulation Over Economic Downturn Just as initial numbers in the United States are showing an increase in the number of abortions thanks to the poor economy, the Asian nation-state of Singapore is experiencing the same phenomenon. The country is also experiencing an underpopulation problem and the increase in abortions isn't helping. Despite a national campaign to boost the birthrate, Singapore has one of Asia's most pro-abortion policies and the global financial crisis could be prompting more abortions. A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said there were 12,222 abortions in the city-state last year, compared to 11,933 in 2007. No official figures are available for 2009. Abortion practitioner Saifuddin Sidek told AP his private practice had recorded a 20 percent rise in abortion customers so far this year compared with the same period last year. "A lot of them are because of the current economic climate," he said. He said the government programs to try to increase the birth rate fall short when couples think about the economy. "No matter what incentives the government gives, (parents) may find it a bit hard to make ends meet, especially if they already have more than (one or) two children," he said. Government figures show 39,935 babies delivered in 2008, well below the 60,000 Singapore needs just to maintain its native population. Latest official data put the 2007 fertility rate, the number of births for each woman in her lifetime, at 1.29 births. The ideal population replacement rate is 2.1 births per woman. [4May09, #4602, Singapore, Singapore...

February 2009: Population / Population Control

Japan Faces Drastic Underpopulation Problems; Workers Leave Early to Make Babies Don Feder gave a jaw-dropping presentation on the coming 'Demographic Winter' Two Children Should Be Limit, Says Green Guru…  Japan faces such strong underpopulation problems that companies are more frequently letting their workers leave work early: to go home and make babies. Leading electronics firm Canon has resorted to the early leave policy because the nation's low birthrate is causing a shortage of workers. "Canon has a very strong birth planning program," company spokesman Hiroshi Yoshinaga. "Sending workers home early to be with their families is a part of it." The Japanese birth rate, currently at 1.34, is well below the 2.0 threshold needed to maintain a nation's population. To help combat the underpopulation problem CNN indicates that Keidanren, Japan's largest business group with 1,300 affiliated companies, has issued a memo urging its members to adopt the same sort of early leave program for workers. Because of the prevalence of abortion and birth control, Japan, like Canada and many European nations, are facing a problem of too few people. The Asian nation is also seeing its population age and having too few workers to support the rash of retirees. The Bank of Japan index underscores the problems by showing that the demand for labor is at its highest level in 16 years. By 2030, the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research estimates the Japanese workforce will shrink 20 percent. With fewer babies born over the years, the agency says 40 percent of Japan's population will be 65 or older by 2050 — more than doubling the...

UN Exaggerates AIDS Crisis and Ignores Real Solutions, According to Report (12/08)

Noted United Nations (UN) scholar Douglas Sylva accuses the UN of playing sexual politics with the global AIDS crisis, thereby exacerbating the problem. Sylva charges the UN with exaggerating the crisis with highly inflated numbers and then ignoring the most obvious response, behavior modification.  Sylva points out that in 2006 Peter Piot, head of the UN specialized agency on AIDS, announced that “the pandemic and its toll are outstripping the worst predictions.” UNAIDS then believed there were 40 million people infected worldwide. A year later, Piot's agency announced the number was seven million fewer than thought and that the number of new infections had peaked ten years earlier.  Sylva writes that the discrepancy was because "the UN tested patients at urban sexual health clinics—people who had reason to fear that they were infected—and then extrapolated the findings to the general population. This would be like estimating a nation’s lung cancer rate by testing only chain smokers. Of course the numbers would be too high." Sylva charges that "this ordinary deviation from sound thinking in the case of AIDS is joined by the extraordinary: AIDS is unique because, as a deadly pandemic spread mainly through promiscuous sexual activity, it threatens some of the most cherished modern norms concerning sexual liberation. So to promote the most obvious response to such a pandemic—do not engage in promiscuous sexual activity—would in essence be a capitulation, an admission that the dream of consequence-free sexual activity was not only impossible, but perhaps at least partly responsible for the scourge." In order to protect the sexual revolution, the UN's response, followed by elites at major foundations,...