Population - Archive

September-June 2007: Population

NEW!  Russians Get Day Off to Procreate

NEW!  Aging World Population is "Irreversible" 

Canada's Population Aging at an Alarming Rate: 2006 Census 

Canada’s Low Birth Rate Leading to Demographic Crisis

White European Countries Major Donors to UN Population Control Programs

British Population Control Group Says UK Families Should be Limited to Two Children…  

RUSSIANS GET THE DAY OFF TO PROCREATE, then win prizes. The Russian region of Ulyanovsk has found a novel way to fight the nation's birth-rate crisis: It has declared Sept. 12 the Day of Conception and for the third year running is giving couples time off from work to procreate. The hope is for a brood of babies exactly nine months later on Russia's national day. Couples who "give birth to a patriot" during the June 12 festivities win money, cars, refrigerators and other prizes. Ulyanovsk, about 550 miles east of Moscow, has held similar contests since 2005. Since then, the number of competitors, and the number of babies born to them, has been on the rise.
Russia, with one-seventh of Earth's land surface, has just 141.4 million citizens, making it one of the most sparsely settled countries in the world. With a low birth rate and a high death rate, the population has been shrinking since the early 1990s.

In his state-of-the-nation address last year, President Vladimir Putin called the demographic crisis the most acute problem facing Russia and announced a broad effort to boost Russia's birth rate, including cash incentives to families that have more than one child.

Ulyanovsk Gov. Sergei Morozov has added an element of fun to the national campaign.

The 2007 grand prize went to Irina and Andrei Kartuzov, who received a UAZ-Patriot, a sport utility vehicle. Other contestants won video cameras, TVs, refrigerators and washing machines.
[http://www.denverpost.com/ci_6624865, The Denver Post, 08/15/2007, Moscow]

UN Report UN REPORT: AGING GLOBAL POPULATION IS "PROFOUND" AND "IRREVERSIBLE". States that lowered fertility is the cause, but fails to mention birth control, again. The United Nations recently released its global population estimates, revealing an alarming population shift that will have serious worldwide consequences within the near future. While blaming the problem on lowered fertility and increased longevity, the report fails to make the connection with contraception, abortion and sterilization.

The report is a 2007 updated version of the 2002 "World Population Aging" report that was published during the Second World Assembly on Aging. Following the demographic trends from 1950 to 2005, the report notes that the population aging is "unprecedented, a process without parallel in the history of humanity."

The report indicates that people above 60 years old are starting to outnumber children, those under age 15. By 2047 old people will outnumber children on a global scale, the report states, although developed countries already reached this mark in 1998.

The report projects that by 2050, those aged 60 and over will comprise one third of the population in developed regions. In the developing nations, however, they will account for only one fifth of the population, a ratio at which the wealthier countries have already arrived.

The population trend profoundly affects every area of human life-economic, political and social-and is "irreversible", the report claims. In addition, the issue has been intensifying for decades; older people comprised 8% of the population in 1950, and this number increased to 11% by 2007. The UN predicts that the number will rise to 22% by 2050.

By the year 2000 the number of old people had tripled in the world since 1950. Only six year later, they had increased by another 100 million. The rate of their increase is 2.6% per year versus the 1.1% increase of the rest of the population. In addition, even those over 60 years are aging, and the number of people aged 80+ is most rapidly increasing.

At present the median age worldwide is 28 years, a number that is expected to rise to 38 by 2050. The oldest country is Japan, with a median age of 43, while the youngest is Uganda, with a median age of 15.

These numbers will have a serious effect on the working population, which will be forced to bear an increasingly heavy burden of retirees. By 2050 the ratio of workers between 15 and 64 to older persons will have decreased from 12 to 1 in 1950 to a mere 4 to 1.

The report notes that the problem of population aging is a "pervasive," worldwide issue. This is due to the fact that people's fertility is reduced, as well as the fact that the aged are living longer. As the document states, "The resulting slowdown in the growth of the number of children coupled with the steady increase in the number of older persons" has deeply impacted the balance of society.

This "unprecedented change, which started in the developed world in the nineteenth century and is more recent in developing countries" is right now "transforming many societies."

The report blames the skewed population ratios on the rapid switch from high to low fertility levels and increased life expectancy.

Nevertheless, once again a major population report fails characteristically to mention any connection between these alarming population rates and the rapid spread of abortion, contraception and sterilization in the past century.

Read Summary of UN Population Report: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/WPA2007/wpp2007.htm

Read related LifeSiteNews coverage:

Aging of World Population, Not Population Growth, is Cause for Alarm: Population Researcher
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/jul/06072102.html

Aging Population, Low Birth Rate Will Place Massive Economic Burden on Younger Canadians: Report
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jun/07061804.html

Canada's Population is Aging at an Alarming Rate: 2006 Census
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jul/07072603.html
[16August2007,  Elizabeth O'Brien, New York City, LifeSiteNews.com]

 

 

CANADA'S PO

PULATION IS AGING AT AN ALARMING RATE: 2006 CENSUS. Abortion is a key factor in the demographic shift. According to the most recent 2006 Census [17July07, Statistics Canada], Canada's population is aging rapidly, presenting serious concerns both economically and about the sustainability of the national health system. 

The number of people over age 64 has increased by 11.5% in the last 5 years. Of the total 32,973,546 Canadians, "the number of people aged 55 to 64, many of whom are workers approaching retirement, has never been so high in Canada, at close to 3.7 million in 2006."

At the same time, those younger than 15 years old make up only 17.7% of the population, another record-breaking low for Canadians. By 2022 it is predicted that "seniors will outnumber children in every province", and by 2031 the median age will be 44.

At present the Territories have the youngest population in Canada with one in four people being younger than 15. The report states, "The territories' relative 'youth' is attributable to the high fertility rate, particularly among the Inuit population, and lower life expectancy than in the provinces."

The four Atlantic provinces, on the other hand, are the "oldest" provinces in the nation. The census calls this a "sharp contrast" from 50 years ago when Atlantic women were having more children than the rest of the country, and seniors made up only 7.8% of the population. Similarly, in Quebec the number of seniors has more than quadrupled in the past 50 years, and in the entire province, there are only 1.3 million people under the age of 15. Quebec also has one of the highest abortion and contraception rates in the Western World (see http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/oct/05102501.html).

Referring to the recent "large-scale changes in the age distribution" of the population, Statistics Canada Daily notes, "The two main factors behind the population aging are the nation's low fertility rate and increasing life expectancy." At present, the average birth rate is at a low of 1.53 children per woman.

Abortion figures are key to understanding this startling demographic shift. According to the most-recent statistics (2004), the number of abortions is 11.4 for every 1,000 women below the age of 20. There are also 14.6 abortions for every 1,000 women aged 15 to 44, a number which has dropped slightly from 15.1 in 2003. Nevertheless, in 2004 a total of 100,039 babies were aborted in Canada.

Commenting on the number of annual abortions, a Campaign Life Coalition news article stated, "We estimate the total number of babies slaughtered in the womb since abortion on demand was permitted in 1969 to be more than 3 million. That's roughly equivalent to the population of Toronto permanently lost. That's about a million fewer university and college graduates in the workforce and more than 2 million missing elementary, high school and post-secondary students."

The report continued, "The future of our country is literally being destroyed and there is no great public outcry (other than by the pro-life movement) or political will to do anything about the means being used to do so. The magnitude of this atrocity is lost on the average Canadian and I dare say even on most of our religious leaders who still don't seem to comprehend the very high priority and bold actions that should be given to the issue. As Stalin said, 'one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.'"

"The historical ratios between young and old would not have been thrown into flux if it were not for abortion, birth control and a materialistic philosophy that favors small families of one or two children (with increasing numbers of couples avoiding children altogether). In fact, the policies of government and many other Canadian institutions have for decades strongly discouraged having more than one or two children."

Studies predict that the rapidly changing demographics within the nation will take a large toll on the economy and burden the health care system. As a result, the situation has become a cause for major concern throughout Canada. The change will also place a heavy burden on the labor force and all taxpayers, who will be forced to support the aging generation. Nevertheless, any proposed solutions continue to avoid the key issues of contraception or abortion (see http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jun/07061804.html).

Read highlights from the 2006 Census: http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/analysis/agesex/highlights.cfm

2006 Census Index: http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/analysis/agesex/index.cfm

Read related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Aging of World Population, Not Population Growth, is Cause for Alarm http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/jul/06072102.html

Study Shows More Immigration Won't Fix Demographic Implosion in Canada
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/sep/06092706.html

Canada in Population Crisis: Seniors to Outnumber Children in a Decade
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/dec/05121504.html
[26July07, Ottawa, Elizabeth O'Brien, LifeSiteNews.com]

 

CANADA'S PLUMMETING BIRTH RATE LEADING TO DEMOGRAPHIC CRISIS. The plummeting birth rates in developed nations around the globe were the subject of a lengthy cover story in Maclean’s magazine recently, with Canada’s own demographic crisis taking center stage.

With a birth rate of just 1.5 children per woman–an all-time low–Canadian society is already beginning to feel the impact of a withering population, wrote Macleans journalist Lianne George.

A healthy replacement birth rate is 2.1 children per women.

“Across the country, women on average aren’t having their first child until the age of 31,” George wrote. “Elementary schools and daycare facilities, without enough kids to fill the nap mats, are closing…Ontario’

s Ministry of Education predicts that, by 2010, total elementary and secondary school enrolment will drop by nearly 100,000 students from 2002 numbers.”

The lack of skilled workers–and workforce members at any skill level–is expected to reach a shortfall of 1.2 million by 2020. With most of the industrialized world facing the same shortage, the massive increase in immigration necessary to counter the population loss will be hard to come by, said Carleton University professor Linda Duxbury. “The numbers that we’re talking about are phenomenal,” Duxbury said. “Half a million to two-thirds of a million per year.” Canada currently averages about 240,000 new immigrants annually.

Canada’s situation is mirrored all over the developed world, George wrote, with some countries, such as Japan, in even worse shape–Japan’s birth rate has reached the record low of 1.26 children per women.

Among the reasons cited in the article for the reduction in births are the financial costs of raising a child, the career blow professional women face when they embark on motherhood, and the problem of infertility among women attempting to begin a family towards the end of their fertile years.
As well, the author acknowledges a growing disinterest in taking on the demands and sacrifices of parenthood in a society that values autonomy and control.

“In a hyper-individualistic, ultra-commodified culture like ours, motherhood, for better and worse, is less a fact of life than just another lifestyle choice.”

As with most similar reports published in recent years, some key, but politically incorrect, issues affecting birthrates are not covered in the Macleans article. There is no mention of the dramatic collapse in the rate of religious belief and practice in Canada. Studies have repeatedly indicated a clear link between the degree of a lived traditional religious life of a nation’s people and their willingness to have and raise more children.

Statistics Canada reported last August that in 2004 Canadian Muslim women, with a birth rate of 2.41 children per woman, were the only religion with a replacement birth rate. Hindus rated second at 2.0.

Buddhists, Orthodox Christians and non-believers had the lowest birth rates, while the previously high birth rate of Protestants and Roman Catholics has plummeted to 1.57 children. Not coincidentally, Canadian Christians are among the most liberal and dissident in the world.

While birth control was briefly mentioned as a possible contributing factor, abortion was skimmed over with an off-hand comment referring to France’s consideration of “paying women not to go ahead with abortions,” as a method of addressing the birth rate deficit.

Although largely ignored by population demographers as a factor in plunging birth rates, an estimated 46 million abortions take place annually on a global scale, with a majority occurring in the developed or developing world. In Russia, where the falling birth rate has contributed to an annual population loss of 700,000 people, the abortion rate is one of the highest in the world. Conservative estimates show that 60 percent of all pregnancies end in abortion.

In Canada, the latest statistics available show an abortion rate of more than 103,700 abortions performed annually. Read Maclean’s coverage:
http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20070528_105313_105313
Related:
Low Birth Rate is Russia’s Biggest Problem Says President Putin
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/may/06051003.html
Study Shows More Immigration Won’t Fix Demographic Implosion in Canada
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/sep/06092706.html
German Birthrate Hits Bottom: Lowest in Europe
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/mar/06031711.html
Canada’s Birth Rate Declines, Again: StatsCan
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/aug/06080303.html
South Korea: Lowest Birthrate in the World
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/aug/06082802.html
[23May07, G Schultz and Steve Jalsevac, Toronto, Canada, LifeSiteNews.com]

 

 

 

 

BRITISH POPULATION CONTROL GROUP SAYS UK FAMILIES SHOULD BE LIMITED TO 2 CHILDREN. A British public policy institute says families in the United Kingdom should be forced to have just two children.

The suggestion of a family planning regime similar to China's, which has involved forced abortions and sterilizations and severe human rights abuses, has pro-life groups worried.

The Optimum Population Trust, a population control group, claims that families with multiple children are causing harm to the environment. It claims it is "no longer responsible, or environmentally friendly, to bring three, four or more into the world.” John Guillebaud, co-chairman of the Manchester-based group, said families would help Britain send a message to the world that it is a leader in combating supposed dangers to the world's environment by having fewer children. “Each new UK birth, through the inevitable resource consumption and pollution that UK affluence generates, is responsible for about 160 times as much climate-related environmental damage as a new birth in Ethiopia,“ he said. Rosamund McDougall, a member of the trust's advisory council, told the London Guardian newspaper, “You've got to consider the environmental impact across the 80 years that each of these babies is likely to live. We've calculated that each UK child is going to cost the world the equivalent of 620 return flights between London and New York across a lifetime."

But editorial columnist Melanie McDonaghon says that
despite assurances from the group that it doesn't want to go the way of China, that “the Optimum Population people that if voluntary restraints do not work, governments will bring in coercive measures.” She said that the cost of living in the UK alone is enough of a deterrent for families to avoid having large numbers of children and that governmental controls are both abhorrent and unnecessary.

“Don't the environmentalists get out at all? Don't they realize that there are only two classes in Britain for whom three or more children are an option – the rich, for whom mortgages don't matter, and the poor, whose children are supported by the benefit system?”

McDonaghon also argued that Europe as a whole is dealing with a severe population shortage and concerns that current generations won't have enough workers to support aging populations.

“Europe needs more babies – the average continental family has a mere 1.37 children,” she said.

“The last thing we should be doing is bullying people to breed less. The population controllers have to be put back in their box.” [16July 07, London, England (LifeNews.com]

 

 

 

WHITE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES MAJOR DONORS TO UN POPULATION CONTROL PROGRAMS. None of top UNFPA donor countries comes close to achieving replacement-level fertility rate.
A report just issued by UNFPA to its executive board shows that the top ten donor nations to the organization are largely white, have fertility rates well below replacement level, have some of the highest contraceptive prevalence rates in the world and also have the most liberal abortion laws in the world.
The combined donations from these countries, including the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, Japan, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Canada and Switzerland, make up 85.6% of UNFPA’s total $389 million revenue from contributions.
With the exception of Japan, each of the top UNFPA donor countries has contraceptive prevalence rates well above 70%. The average fertility rate for the top ten donor countries is 1.59. None of the top UNFPA donor countries comes close to achieving a replacement-level fertility rate.
While UNFPA refuses to release detailed reports on its program contributions, development experts point out that UNFPA spends most of its donors’ money in the largely non-white countries in the global south. "The fact is that UNFPA and its white donor countries are targeting poor black and brown countries for fertility reduction," one UN-development expert told the Friday Fax.
In a 2005 UN survey of the world’s population policies, a closer look at the top UNFPA donor countries reveals that all of them are currently experiencing a demographic decline. Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, Finland and Canada all cited the growing aging population and dwindling size of the working population as a “major concern”. Japan, Finland, Canada and Switzerland acknowledged that fertility was “too low” in their countries and they were in the process of pursuing policies to raise the fertility level.
The demographic decline of the top UNFPA donor countries is becoming a subject of increasing importance as global fertility rates continue to drop. According to demographic and population experts, approximately half of the world’s population already lives in sub-replacement countries.
Population experts, such as Phillip Longman, cite the close connection between economic growth and population. Longman’s recent book, "The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It" details the dangers of population decline for global prosperity.
UNFPA funding continues to be a hot-button issue for the US government. Since 2002, the Bush administration has withheld its annual $34 million contribution from UNFPA because of the organization’s involvement in China’s oppressive one-child policy. Known as the Kemp-Kasten amendment, US law prohibits taxpayer dollars from supporting international organizations which support coercive abortion practices or involuntary sterilization.
In May, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D – NY) and Rep. Michael Honda (D – Calif.) co-sponsored a bill which would reinstate the $34 million contribution to UNFPA, but with funds earmarked for the UNFPA’s “Ending Fistula” campaign.
UNFPA encourages countries to submit multi-year pledges to assure a steady flow of funds. As of June 1, 2007, $417 million had been pledged, but only $45 million for 2008. Few countries have committed funds beyond next year. [28June07, Samantha Singson, New York, C-FAM.org; LifeSiteNews.com, 28June]