The New York Times Throws in the Towel on ‘Overpopulation’ (Commentary, 2015)

A top-of-the-website New York Times article has discredited the population alarmism of the past fifty years. In “The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion” [ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/01/us/the-unrealized-horrors-of-population-explosion.html?_r=2 ] the newspaper has … thrown population control on the ash heap of discredited ideas. The article included a video interview with Paul Ehrlich, the author of The Population Bomb. He was the butterfly scientist from Stanford who scared tens of millions with the specter of overpopulation—and the population apocalypse that would supposedly result. Ehrlich predicted that by the 1970’s the “population bomb” would explode—and hundreds of millions of people would starve to death in India and elsewhere. (India is still there, and doing quite well, thank you.) But America’s “newspaper of record,” as it styles itself, failed to record the horrors themselves. It was woefully incomplete. There was no mention of the human costs when governments made population control a priority. No mention of the savage forced abortions and forced sterilizations that followed. No mention of the killing of baby girls through female infanticide and sex-selective abortion. No mention of the wasted money, the age and gender imbalances that continue to unfold and will take effect for years to come. No mention of how the overpopulation panic helped to fuel the rise of birth control use and abortion. Instead, when citing reasons why birth rates have dropped world-wide, the article offered more benign explanations. First, improved health standards mean that couples no longer need to have 5 children in the hope that 3 survive. Second, large families are not necessary in post-agricultural society since they are not needed to work the land, and...

April 2007: Abortion

Study: Women Having Abortions More Likely to Be Abused by Their Partner Abortion Linked to Higher Rates of Child Abuse, Study Finds VA Man Charged With Abortion of His Child EU Court Demands That Poland Pay More on Filthy Conditions in NJ Abortion Site Mobile Pregnancy Center Offers Ultrasound Near NJ Abortion Site Abortion Practitioner Will Soon Get Trial on Murder, Rape Charges Reporter Further Exposes Abortion-StemCell-Beauty Treatment Scandal UN and Female Infanticide Hospital Refused Early Induction Abortion – Baby Born Healthy…    STUDY: WOMEN HAVING ABORTIONS MORE LIKELY TO BE ABUSED BY PARTNER. Published by researchers at La Trobe University in Australia, the study finds that women who are abused by their partners are more likely to have an abortion of an unexpected pregnancy than to keep the baby. Women having abortions were also more likely to be from lower income families. The researchers studied 9,683 young Australian women between the ages of 22 and 27. The information came from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health, which contains health data compiled by the government. Women who had abortions in their teens or early 20s were more likely to have been abused by a partner than those who carried the pregnancy to term, they found. The scientists published the results of the study in today's edition [3April07] of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. In their article, they wrote, "'Women experiencing violence and abuse can be subject to coercive sex and unprotected intercourse, leading to a higher rate of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies." Angela Taft and Lyndsey Watson led the study and Taft said that young...