Friday, August 20, 2010

POPULATION: Europe is dying

An article written by Mary Jo Anderson and published in 'inside catholic', titled "Can Europe Survive Its Population Plunge?" reminds us of the stark results of decades of population control, see

According to the article
Europe is dying .The Washington Post, among others, reports that, within a hundred years, there will be the rare German in Germany or Italian in Italy. Some demographers believe it is too late to correct Europe's plunge into extinction. "The fall in the population can no longer be stopped," reported Walter Rademacher of the German Federal Statistics Office.

Replacement fertility rates are 2.1 children per woman in developed nations. No nation in Europe can claim that rate, and most fall under 1.6. At those levels, each generation is barely half the number of the preceding one. The working-age population is reduced by 30 percent in just 20 years, having a devastating impact on economies. Today, European Union and United Nations experts are sufficiently alarmed to call councils to address the population crisis. The irony is that this is a crisis of their making.
The two major players in population reduction policies are the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA.

It is particularly instructive to look back at the policies promoted by these organisations as far back as the late 1960's and early 1970's and to look at the current state of the world in which we now live. One such document came to my attention recently, authored in 1969 by the then Vice President of Planned Parenthood/World Population, Frederick S. Jaffe who was at the time making proposals specifically for the US, nevertheless while the document may not have been fully implemented in every respect we can all recognise that the policies are now being promoted on a global scale and in some cases more so than others. The document is titled "Examples of Proposed Measures to Reduce U.S. Fertility, by Universality or Selectivity of Impact" and it was sent by Jaffe as a Memorandum to Bernard Berelson (President, Population Council)

Under the heading Social Constraints Jaffe proposes the following measures
Restructure Family: a) postpone or avoid marriage b) alter image of ideal family, he then adds compulsory education of children, homosexuality percentage to be increased, educate for family limitation. He also promoted the addition of so called "control agents" in water supplies.

The implementation of this agenda required economic deterrents and incentives. The main deterrents related to taxation measures on the family that included a) a substantial marriage tax b)child taxes c)tax married more than single d)remove parents' tax exemption and e) have additional taxes for parents with more than one or two children in school. The other measures under this heading included the elimination of paid maternity leave or benefits, reduction or elimination of family allowances, bonuses for delayed marriages and greater child spacing, pensions for women of 45 with a less than a specific number of children and elimination of welfare payments after the first two children.

Under the heading Social Controls the document calls for compulsory abortion of out of wedlock pregnancies, compulsory sterilization of all who have two children except for a few who would be allowed three, confine childbearing to a limited number of adults, issue certificate type permits for children.

The document also called for payments to encourage sterilization, contraception and abortion and it called for both abortion and sterilization to be made available on demand.

Jaffe clearly saw contraception as a major factor in achieving the ends he was advocating and called for certain contraceptives to be distributed non medically, the improvement of contraceptive technology, making contraception available to all and he listed family planning as a core element in the improvement of maternal health care

A chart from the memo can be accessed on this link

Is it any wonder that Europe is dying?