Population – Archive

Book Exposes Eugenics Mandate in Reproductive Rights Agenda (7/08)

BOOK EXPOSES EUGENICS MANDATE IN REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AGENDA See Part I: New Book Exposes Eugenics Mandate in Reproductive Rights Agenda  http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08071007.html ) See Part II: New Book Cites US and UN-Manufactured Scares over Population Growth http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08071709.html Part III: Feminist "Reform" Makes Population Control More Coercive http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08072410.html    PART I: A book recently published by Harvard University Press explains how eugenics united some of the richest and most powerful elites of the twentieth century into a movement "to remake humanity by controlling the population of the world," answering to no one and bringing untold misery upon the world's poor.   The book, "Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population," was written by Columbia University historian Matthew Connelly and shows why today's reproductive rights advocates are "faithfully reciting a eugenic catechism without the faintest idea where it comes from or where it can lead."    In 1952, at a secret, invitation-only gathering in Colonial Williamsburg, John D. Rockefeller III brought together what would become the modern population control establishment. Setting the agenda for the following decades were the heads of the United States Atomic Energy Commission, National Academy of Sciences, and top scientists "from embryology to economics," including past and present Nobel Prize winners.     From verbatim transcripts of the "Conference on Population Problems," just one of the countless number of such meetings the book exposes, Connelly found that what drove them were the questions of how many people the world could hold along with "whether 'industrial development should be withheld' from poor, agrarian countries like India." By decreasing mortality and encouraging "breeding," development would increase inferior populations and further...

December – June 2008: Population

Japanese Companies Switch to Full-Time Workers as Population Decreases Fertility Decline Could Cause Global Security Crisis CIA Director Warns of Russian Unrest 300 Schools to Close in Ontario because of Birth Rate Crash Russia Needs More Than Gimmicks to Boost Population The Key to Increasing the Russian Birth Rate?… JAPANESE COMPANIES SWITCH TO FULL-TIME WORKERS AS ABORTION CAUSES SHORTAGE. There was a time in Japan that major corporations and small businesses could get away with hiring part-time or temporary employees. But with a worker shortage prompted by decades of legalized abortions, Japanese companies are now forced to hire as many full-time workers as possible. Aging employees are now retiring, — including those born prior to 1949 when the Asian nation legalized abortion. The net effect is an economy that shrank 2.4 percent in the second quarter as companies have a difficult time attracting enough employees to get the work done. Now suffering from a lack of people thanks to the decades of destroying its next generation, Japan has a shortage of workers to replace the baby boomers who are entering their retirement years. The Bank of Japan index underscores the problems by showing that the demand for labor is at its highest level in 16 years. Kotaro Tsuru, a senior fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Tokyo, talked with Bloomberg News about the problem. "The era of companies just adding temporary workers is probably over,'' he said. "Full-timers are crucial for companies to increase productivity, accumulate knowledge and develop human resources to expand.'' Companies are offering higher salaries, better benefits and flex-time to attract...

Producer of Demographic Winter Says National Newspaper Wrong on Population Data (4/08)

PRODUCER OF DEMOGRAPHIC WINTER SAYS USA Today INACCURATE. The producer of a new documentary that focuses on the underpopulation crisis around the world says a Monday editorial in USA Today misses the mark. Barry McLerran, the producer of Demographic Winter, tells LifeNews.com the USA Today commentary is "sensationalistic and just plain wrong." USA Today columnist Oliver Thomas suggests parents who have large families are destroying the planet. Supposedly, that's because each additional human being results in the production of more greenhouse gases, accelerating so-called global warming. McLerran says Thomas specifically attacks [religions that are] encouraging large families. "While man-made Global Warming is a theory, plummeting birth rates – which will eventually lead to population decline – is an incontrovertible reality," McLerran said. McLerran points out that, since 1970, birth rates have declined by over 50%. According to the United Nations Population Division, if current trends continue, by 2050, there will be 248 million fewer children under 5 in the world than there are today. That's just the beginning of the grave underpopulation problem the planet faces and a phenomenon McLerran chronicled in Demographic Winter — the first documentary to address this crisis. It includes the views of prominent economists, sociologists and demographers on what demographer Philip Longman calls "the single most powerful force affecting the fate of nations and the future of society in the twenty-first century." As McLerran observes, "Far from dooming the planet, by encouraging people to have children, traditional religion is helping to save humanity." The data shows the underpopulation problem is on a global scale. There are now 59 nations, with 44% of the world's...

Population: Documentary Advocates Strong Families to Avert "Demographic Winter" (2008)

 www.demographicwinter.com Filmmakers announced at a National Press Club press conference on 12Feb2008 a "groundbreaking" documentary that addresses the problems of population decline and predicts a coming "demographic winter" that will result from weakened families.    Population decline is projected to seriously affect the sustainability of present societies by reducing the economic and tax bases of nations.  The movie claims that as the number of elderly people swells there will be fewer and fewer young people to help care for them.  The documentary, titled "Demographic Winter: the decline of the human family," was written and directed by Rick Stout to examine developed countries that are below population replacement rates.  The film brings together demographers, economists, sociologists, and civic and religious leaders to explore the problems that present generations will soon face due to shrinking and aging populations.   According to a press release for the film, the global birthrate has declined by 50 percent over the past half-century. Fifty nine nations, containing 44 percent of the world's population, have birthrates below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman.    The filmmakers report that the European birthrate is 1.3 children per woman.  This dearth of children is expected to cause Europe to have a shortfall of 20 million workers by 2030, while Russia could lose one-third of its population by 2050.  The chilling effect this decline is projected to have on economics and culture has led some to dub the phenomenon a "demographic winter," a phrase from which the documentary takes its title. "In nations with declining populations, who will operate the factories and farms? Who will guard the frontiers?...

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...

Encouraging the Poles (And Everyone Else) To Have Large Familes (5/07)

The Polish birthrate has plummeted in recent years, falling from 2.3 children in 1990 to 1.3 today.  What should they be doing to encourage large families?  No government of a country whose birthrate has fallen significantly below replacement has ever succeeded in once again achieving replacement rate fertility.  Once the birthrate falls to what the U.N. Population Division calls "low low fertility," no combination of government policies and subsidies appears sufficient to re-boost the birthrate.  Why has the problem proven so intractable to date? Most observers simply conclude that this is because the government hasn’t done enough: Strengthen pro-natal policies and increase government subsidies to women who bear children, and the problem will be solved. I believe that their position, however reasonable it sounds, is fundamentally wrongheaded. For a close examination of these policies and subsidies reveals that they are, in their effect on fertility, self-limiting and even self-defeating. Many European countries have long had policies and programs in place that are intended to raise the birth rate by offsetting some of the costs and consequences of childbearing.  These policies include: (1) A one-time bonus:  the government provides parents with a fixed sum of money, as in Russia, where each family receives a bonus of $9,600 following the birth of a second child and any subsequent children.   (2) A parental leave program, allowing parents to stop work after a child is born, as in Sweden where either the mother (or the father) can take 480 days of parental leave with guaranteed reemployment. (3) A government subsidy for a set period of time, often pegged to the parental leave...

Jan-Feb 2007: Population

Leading Demographer Warns United Nations About Global War on Baby Girls Dr. Eberstadt (AEI) pointed out 7Dec06 that the global epidemic of sex selected abortions is permanently skewing the demographic profile of the world. He warned delegates of the growing global gender imbalance due to prenatal sex selection and sex selected abortions…  LEADING DEMOGRAPHER WARNS UN ABOUT GLOBAL WAR ON BABY GIRLS. Renowned scholar Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt [American Enterprise Institute (AEI)] made a striking presentation at the UN 7Dec06 when he pointed out the global epidemic of sex selected abortions that is permanently skewing the demographic profile of the world. He warned delegates of the growing global gender imbalance due to prenatal sex selection and sex selected abortions. Calling the trend a “Global War Against Baby Girls”, Eberstadt delivered extensive statistics on the rise of “son preference” in every part of the world.      Refuting the assumptions that preference for baby boys is a localized cultural phenomenon or due solely to coercive population programs, Eberstadt’s research reveals that imbalance is due to several factors: an existing preference for sons, a decrease in overall fertility, and the exponential increase in the use of technology which facilitates sex selection in the prenatal stages. He also emphasized that a rise in education levels does not slow the problem and in some cases is associated with increases in aborting baby girls.      According to Eberstadt, natural birth rates are about 105 males for every 100 females born. Some regions of the world are experiencing upwards of 115 boys born for every 100 girls, some are as high at 150 boys born for every...

Fall 2006: Population

German Population Plunge "Irreversible" USA May Have 300 Million People, But No Overpopulation Worries European Nations Have UNDERPopulation Problems US Commission Reports China Still "Strictly Controls Reproductive Lives" of Women GERMAN POPULATION PLUNGE “IRREVERSIBLE” Federal Stats Office Admits. One third of all European children will be born to Muslim families by 2025; the birthrate has dropped so low that immigration numbers cannot compensate. Germany has the lowest birthrate in Europe, with an average of 1.36 children per woman. Despite government incentives to encourage larger families, the population is dropping rapidly and that trend will continue, with an expected loss of up to 12 million by 2050. That would mean about a 15 percent drop from the  country’s current population of 82.4 million [German news Deutsche Welle, 9Nov]. The low birthrate will cause the German population to age dramatically over the next 40 years–last year there were 144,000 more deaths than births, and that number could increase to 600,000 by 2050, the FSO forecast stated. With a 22 percent reduction in the workforce and increasing costs for senior assistance and medical care, the drop in population is expected to have a radical impact on the nation’s economy, along with the welfare budget. “I wouldn’t like to use the word ‘bankrupt’ because it’s a major challenge for the social insurance systems, that’s for certain…In every case, you need someone who has to work and give you some earnings” Radermacher said in an interview with DW-Radio. “The projections tell us the development of demographic trends will be even more dramatic in the eastern part of Germany,” Radermacher said . “This is because...

August 2006: Population

RU 486 Linked to Population Control Beyond ZPG in Indonesia and 60+ Other World Nations India's Child Policy    INDIA'S CHILD POLICY Since the widespread use of ultrasound, about 10 million female fetuses may have been selectively aborted following ultrasound results in India over the last 20 years. In India's patriarchal society, daughters are regarded as a "liability," as "she will belong to the family of her future husband," the recent survey reports. A 1997 survey discovered that when the two oldest children are daughters, there were 719 girls for every 1000 boys for the third child. When the eldest or second child is a boy, the ratios for later children are close to 50-50. [NewScientist.com, 1-9-06; Eagle Forum 4 August 2006]     RU-486 LINKED TO POPULATION CONTROL IN LETTER FOUND IN CLINTON FILES. [While an item concerning this memo was posted earlier, the relationship to RU486 is new.] A pro-life organization has uncovered a letter written by a prominent member of the abortion lobby that urged the Clinton administration to use surgical and chemical abortion as a tool to "eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of the country."  The letter, written by Ron Weddington, whose wife served as an attorney for the abortion side in the Roe v. Wade case, was stored among papers at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR. Judical Watch, a pro-life legal organization, says the letter was used to gain FDA approval for RU-486 and described it as being "chronologically and philosophically, the foundation document for the Clinton RU-486 files."  In the letter, dated Jan. 6, 1992, Weddington told then president-elect...

Top UN Official Calls for New Multi-Million $$ UN Agency for Women’s Rights

A top official at the United Nations has called for the creation of a multi-million dollar agency devoted to women’s rights; one that opponents suspect would be devoted to the ongoing UN push for radical feminism. Stephen Lewis, the UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and former Canadian Ambassador to the UN, said his travels around the world have led him to call for the new agency. Lewis told Voice of America, “We have United Nation’s agencies for everything from children, to health, to food, to education. We do not have a United Nation’s agency to represent, and assist and liberate, and enhance the lives of more than half the world’s people.” Lewis says the new agency would be constructed differently than other agencies in that it should be created with major input from non-governmental NGOs that were active in the various world conferences on women, particularly the Fourth World Conference for Women (Beijing, 1995). Those NGOs are considered by conservatives to be among the most radical in the world; they are working to make abortion a universally recognized human right. Some UN sources have indicated the proposal will gain little traction because of internal resistance from other UN agencies who would see a new women’s agency as a threat to their turf. The Toronto Sun reported that the agency “would consolidate scattered projects now under the wings of the children’s fund UNICEF, the UN Population Fund, the World Health Organization, and the UN Development Program.” It should also be pointed out that Lewis’s premise is shaky; much of the work of the UN in recent years has...

May 2006: Population

Putin Urges Plan to Reverse Slide in Birth Rate 'Death Spiral' Let's Do the Math… PUTIN URGES PLAN TO REVERSE SLIDE IN THE BIRTH RATE. Putin directed Parliament on 10May06 to adopt a 10-year program to stop the sharp decline in Russia's population, principally by offering financial incentives and subsidies to encourage women to have children. The instructions, issued to a compliant Parliament that follows his orders almost without fail, formed the center of his annual address and signaled a new Kremlin determination to confront a problem that demographers have warned endangers the future of the Russian state. Russia's population, now about 143 million, has been falling since the collapse of the Soviet Union, trimmed by emigration, [abortion,] rising death rates and declining birthrates. Both the government and demographers predict more downward pressure, including HIV infections, that could shrink the population below 100 million by 2050. Putin has raised the issue in the past, but never with such a clear set of instructions aimed at increasing the low birthrate, or at such length in a prominent speech. Among his proposals were one-time cash grants to mothers upon the birth of a second child, extended maternity leave benefits and a graduating scale of cash and day-care subsidies as a woman has more children. "The situation is critical in that sphere," he said. Putin addressed several other themes, including the need to improve education, revitalize old industries and incubate new economic sectors, and he spent considerable time addressing plans to upgrade military and security services. But the most detailed of his plans were directed at the decline in population…Putin then warned...

Spanish Socialist Government Considers Legislation to Grant Great Apes Right to Life, Prohibit ‘Enslavement’

The same government which stripped from unborn human children the right to life and permits destructive research on human embryos, has put forward legislation to grant great apes the rights to life, freedom and to not being tortured. Environment Minister Cristina Narbona, protested that the government was not giving apes human rights. “We are not talking about granting human rights to great apes,’ but about ‘protecting (their) habitat, avoiding their ill-treatment and their use in various circus activities,” she explained. The legislation would prohibit the ‘enslaving’ of gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos. The idea of “human” rights for great apes is possibly a stab at what secularists regard as “retrograde” Christian ideas about the hierarchical nature of creation with man, as the image of God, at the top. Currently, the birth rate in Spain stands among the lowest in Europe. A recent article appearing in the UK political magazine, the Spectator, suggested that a culturally and historically European Spain will soon find itself contracepted and aborted out of existence.   First Gay ‘Marriage’ Legalized, Now Spain Bans Terms ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’     http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/mar/06031001.html Spain Continues Cultural Tailspin—Abortion Rates Soar 72% http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/jan/06010308.html EU Orders Spain to Start Charging Catholic Church Sales Tax http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/dec/05121909.html [ Deutsche Presse-Agentur; By John-Henry Westen and Hilary White, April 26, 2006...

Desire for Children Rises After 2004 Tsunami

Couples who lost their children in the 2004 tsunami are desperate to have more children. More than 50 women in the hardest hit town of Nagapattinam have undergone surgery to reverse the sterilization procedure carried out under India’s state-sponsored family planning program aimed at controlling population. The tsunami killed more than 6,065 residents; more than one-third of these were children. Volunteers and mental health experts say that for families who lost their offspring, the desire to have more children is a major factor in rebuilding their lives. Doctors say the tsunami has boosted pregnancies in general among survivors in India and Indonesia. [CNN.com, 21Dec2005; HLA Action News, Spring...

Canadian Official at UN Disappoints Hopes for Affirming Human Life

In a speech to the Commission on Population and Development at the UN a Canadian official endorsed language in international documents that has been used in the past to try to force nations to legalize abortion. The speech was disappointing news to pro-life and pro-family advocates at the UN who had hoped the new Conservative administration in Canada would result in a family-friendly delegation in New York. Brian Grant, the Director-General of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Citizenship and Immigration in the Canadian federal government spoke to the Commission on Tuesday. In five instances Grant called on UN officials to “achieve,” provide “access” to, or “to address” the “sexual and reproductive health and rights” of the world’s population. In UN parlance, such language is used to refer to abortion, the distribution of contraceptives to minors and even legalized prostitution. Leading pro-abortion NGOs have long asserted that documents guaranteeing “sexual and reproductive health and rights” create an international right to abortion. The recent election victory in Canada of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his pro-life-leaning Conservative party led many to hope that Canada’s representation at the UN would change. But the delegation’s acts this past week indicate no progress has been made in that direction. Also, weeks ago Harper selected Peter MacKay to be Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. MacKay is known to be one of the more pro-abortion and anti-family members of the Conservative Party caucus in the House of Commons. The Minister of Foreign Affairs will have a great say in the future direction of the Canadian Permanent Mission to the UN. [Friday Fax Vol 9, No. 16, 7...

April 2006: Population

The Baby Bust Global Warming Childlessness and small families are increasingly the norm today among progressive secularists. Today, fertility correlates strongly with a wide range of political, cultural and religious attitudes. This correlation between secularism, individualism and low fertility portends a vast change in modern societies… What’s the difference between Seattle and Salt Lake City? There are many differences, of course, but here’s one you might not know. In Seattle, there are nearly 45% more dogs than children. In Salt Lake City, there are nearly 19% more kids than dogs. This curious fact might at first seem trivial, but it reflects a much broader and little-noticed demographic trend that has deep implications for the future of global culture and politics… Childlessness and small families are increasingly the norm today among progressive secularists. As a consequence, an increasing share of all children born into the world are descended from a share of the population whose conservative values have led them to raise large families. Today, fertility correlates strongly with a wide range of political, cultural and religious attitudes. In the USA, for example, 47% of people who attend church weekly say their ideal family size is three or more children. By contrast, only 27% of those who seldom attend church want that many kids. In Utah, where more than two-thirds of residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 92 children are born each year for every 1,000 women, the highest fertility rate in the nation. By contrast Vermont – the first to embrace gay unions – has the nation’s lowest rate, producing 51 children per...

Discrimination Against Traditional Mothers

Thus the logic of feminism: A prominent female member of the Dutch parliament has proposed fining college-educated Dutch women who choose to be homemakers rather than work. Sharon Dijksma, deputy chairwoman of the Dutch Labor Party, provides yet more evidence that feminism was never about giving women choices but about destroying the family in order to enhance the power of the state. “A highly-educated woman who chooses to stay at home and not to work–that is destruction of capital,” Dijksma said, according to the English-language Brussels Journal (www.brusselsjournal.com) on March 31. “If you receive the benefit of an expensive education at society’s expense, you should not be allowed to throw away that knowledge unpunished.” In the Netherlands, the state pays for college tuition. Thus, too, the logic of socialism: The people are taxed heavily, then provided with “free” services, and then, because the government has deigned to return some of the people’s tax money back to them, politicians and bureaucrats get to run the people’s lives… prominent feminists in Western Europe are now openly hostile toward homemakers. Dijksma wants to extract some of the cost of their college education from the women who love their children more than paid work, and who are fortunate enough to have husbands who can enable them to stay home. This despite the continued rise of women’s labor force participation in the Netherlands. “Between 2001 and 2005, the number of Dutch women aged between 15 and 65 who were out on the labour market rose from 55.9 to 58.7%,” reported the Journal. And this despite the cataclysmic drop in Dutch birthrates. You would think...

March 2006: Population

USAID Population Control Activity Advances Despite Plummeting World Birthrates ‘Sterilization Quota’ Ordered by Indian Judge   USAID POPULATION CONTROL ACTIVITY ADVANCES DESPITE PLUMMETING BIRTHRATES. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) continues to aggressively advance its population control agenda despite evidence that many countries it targets are actually in dangerous states of population collapse. As reported by Joseph D’Agostino [VP, Communications, Pop Research Inst] “‘Population stabilization’ in developing countries is an official purpose of” USAID. D’Agostino points out that the US spends about $400 million per year to depopulate “Third World nations whose birthrates have already collapsed or are collapsing…If USAID wants to promote long-term population stabilization in the Third World, it should be encouraging women to have more children rather than less,” he argues. “Birthrates have been on a rapid downward trajectory in almost every country in the world.” D’Agostino explains that there are over 50 countries that are targeted for depopulation by USAID, citing examples such as Armenia, Georgia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, the Ukraine and Russia; with the exception of Serbia and Montenegro at 1.6, all have birth rates of 1.4 or less. The minimum reproductive rate for a population to simply replace itself is 2.1. “Yet all these nations, with populations already contracting and with birthrates that will lead to more rapid contractions in the future, get family planning money from USAID,” he emphasizes. “Instead, the agency should be shipping badly-needed babies to these nations, whose social support systems are due to go bankrupt from lack of working-age people in the next few decades. These countries’ fiscal futures make the United States’ problems with Social Security...

January-February 2006: Population

Canadian National Post Newspaper First to Warn of Impending Population Collapse Worldwide Fertility Decline United Nations Supports China's Population Program with Another $27 Million over 5 years Philippines Legislature Attempting to Impose Two-Children-Only Policy China: No Plans to Relax One-Child Rule 500,000 Girls Aborted Per Year in India new Study Finds  IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHY the USA seems so involved in the population control of many Third World nations, read the National Security Study Memorandum, NSSM-200: www.hli.org/nssm-200.pdf, and a 2004 retrospective on the memo:  www.hli.org/Kissinger%20Report%202004.pdf. CANADIAN NATIONAL POST FIRST TO WARN OF IMPENDING POPULATION COLLAPSE. It is publishing a four part series on the fertility crisis. In part one, a front-page feature titled  A childless culture, Anne Marie Owens warns of a future “where senior citizens drastically outnumber babies, schools will be replaced by old-age homes, neighbourhoods of single-family dwellings will make way for smaller condos and townhouses, and playgrounds will become disused relics of the past.” “A dramatic decline in fertility in recent decades, combined with an ageing population, has the potential to transform every aspect of Canadian society, from schools and housing to social attitudes toward family,” warns Owens. “The sound of children's chattering voices, once common, will be rarely heard.” “Baby-making may come to be regarded no longer as the private prerogative of consenting adults, and more an act of national duty,” Owens adds. “This is what a childless Canada would look like. But it is not the science-fiction vision of a far-off future. In less than a decade, seniors will outnumber children in Canada; in just 15 years, deaths may outnumber births.” It is...

Fall 2005: Population

Having a Third Baby Really Pays Off For French Women Europe is Losing 2 Million People per Year China Population Control Workers Arrested Over Forced Abortions  Kenya; Total Fertility Rate (TFR); Africa is Growing A Condition for U.S. Loans Russian Abortions Outnumber Births Second Indian State Drops Coercive Two-Child Norms Human Rights Triumph Over UNFPA Population Controllers HAVING A THIRD BABY REALLY PAYS OFF FOR FRENCH WOMEN — Middle-class French women will be offered cash incentives to have a third child amid growing concerns that professional couples are having too few children. Although France’s fertility rate of 1.9 for each couple is relatively high among European countries, family lobbyists are dismayed by a fall in the number of babies born to better-educated women. The government announced its proposals 21Sept05 when Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, the father of 3 children, presided at a conference on family life. A big increase in allowances has been widely predicted. France’s National Union of Family Associations, which is known by its French acronym UNAF and is playing a key role in shaping policy, said the figure should be set at up to $1,250 a month for women with three children, double the present maximum, and should be set according to the woman’s salary. Despite the budgetary implications in a country that is already accused of living extravagantly, the government agrees with the principle and is said to be finalizing the details of a “very significant” initiative. “The poor current level of compensation appeals only to those on lower incomes,” said UNAF President Hubert Brin. “This is not just a French problem but affects...

Older Unwed U.S. Women Set Record for Births in 2003; Teen Births Drop by 57% Since 1991 (9/05)

Births to unmarried women in the United States hit a record 1.4 million in 2003, while births to teens fell for the 12th consecutive year.     Births to unmarried women increased to 34.6 percent of all U.S. births — also a new record, said researchers with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which released its final report on 2003 birth data 8Sept05. The rise in out-of-wedlock births worries social conservatives, who say the problem is linked to poverty, juvenile delinquency and poor social and educational outcomes… One reason for the higher unwed birthrates is that unmarried women are relying too much on contraceptives instead of abstinence, said Bridget Maher, family analyst at the Family Research Council. “Behavioral change — and not pharmaceuticals — will solve this problem.”    The decrease in teen births — a total of 421,241 in 2003, the lowest “since 1946, the first year of the baby boom,” the NCHS said — was hailed as “a huge American success story,” by Sarah S. Brown, director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.     “I’m struck by the sheer magnitude of the progress,” Mrs. Brown said. Not only is the teen birthrate down 57 percent from 1991, to 41.6 births per 1,000 teens, but the birthrate for black teens has fallen by 67 percent over those 12 years, she said. “That is astounding progress worth national attention.”     Such progress, however, was offset by record high levels of unmarried motherhood.     The number of unwed births “really jumped” from 1,365,966 in 2002 to 1,415,995 million in 2003 — the highest number recorded since the federal government...