May 15, 2019
Fringe Democrats have been pushing population control for decades. And based on the latest U.S. birth rate, no one is probably happier than Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Earlier this year, when she was pitching her ridiculous Green New Deal, parenthood was just one of the things she thought people should reconsider to save the planet. But if the fertility numbers keep dropping, just who are we saving it for?
“There’s scientific consensus,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed, “that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead, I think, young people to have a legitimate question, you know, is it okay to still have children?” Wow, Jim Geraghty writes in NRO. “Any lawmaker with any familiarity with the One Child Policy in China would be wary about floating these kinds of arguments. We don’t want government officials going anywhere near the argument that one size of a family is moral and a different size is immoral.” It’s funny, he said, “how quickly the argument ‘my body, my choice,’ disappears outside of its most prominent context.”
Right now, overpopulation should be America’s last concern. The number of babies born last year in the U.S. just hit a 32-year low, worrying anyone with an eye on the country’s future workforce. Only 3.79 million children were born in 2018 – a two percent drop from the previous year. We’re been hovering under America’s replacement level of 2.1 for decades, but this new report is a frightening snapshot of where the country is headed.
Fewer babies means fewer workers, and fewer workers means less economic growth, and a smaller tax base, and even less consumer spending. If we continue down this path, the country will have a workforce too small to support their parents’ generation of retirees. And what does the Left want? More abortion.
“Nevermind, for the moment, the fact that there are far more American families looking to adopt children than there are abortions performed or children eligible to be adopted -- the imbalance is so great that Americans go all over the world looking for children to adopt -- and just consider the implicit argument [of the Left’s abortion agenda] on its own merits, which is this: ‘If we think that there might be some inconvenience involved in seeing to the needs of these children, then it would be better to put them to death.’”
And, Kevin Williamson goes on, “The Left’s war on children is by no means restricted to the project of maximizing the scope of opportunity to surgically dismember them prior to birth, preferably at public expense. From radical feminists to radical environmentalists to academics and such mainstream figures such as Bill Nye, the word has come down: Children are not the future, but the future’s enemies.”
The world is on the verge of reaping the long-term consequences of this mentality that children are a burden – not a blessing from the Lord. Just look at Scripture. Nowhere does God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply” have an expiration date. As Americans, we should be extremely cautious in embracing the radical ideas that contradict the Christian principles Western civilization was founded upon.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.