Skip to comments.Five reasons for Pro-Lifers (and all of humanity) to be OVER-JOYED in the 21st Century
Posted on 12/20/2012 9:07:09 PM PST by dangus
Pro-abortion advocates insisted that illegal abortions were rampant throughout South America. They claimed 800,000 Mexican abortions per year. Then Mexico City legalized abortion, and anyone who has gotten illegal abortions in Mexico can travel there to get legal abortions. Only 14,000 have done so. That's 786,000, or 98%, fewer abortions than estimated.
In 1995, the Beijing Conference on Women set as a goal increasing the global availability of abortion, to prevent the global population from increasing to 20 billion by 2050. The conference failed miserably at increasing abortion (see Happy News #1), but no worries: the global population is only estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050. (Uh-oh! Is that good? Stay tuned!)
BIrth rates are plunging around the world, but it's not due to abortion, and not primarily due to increased contraception use (although that is a major factor). Major factors include making it socially acceptable in developing nations for women to say, "maybe we shouldn't do it tonight"; reducing reliance on formula, which interferes with natural birth spacing; industrialization, which reduces the demand for more farm laborers in a family; a shift in Islamic nations away from regarding women as mere baby factories; and a growing acceptance of natural family planning.
Meanwhile, many nations with dangerously low birth rates are having more babies. Russia's birth rate is up nearly 35%, and several European nations are back up to or near replacement levels.
In 1990, the Millennium Project set as a global rate a 50% reduction in world hunger by 2015. Mainstream press outlets praised the goal, but called it unrealistic. That goal was met in 2008, seven years ahead of schedule. Thanks goes not to government programs so much as economic liberation.
Even as the earth's population has stabilized, abortion rates around the globe have plummeted. Since roughly 1980, there are 3 million fewer abortions annually in Russia (down 75%); 400,000 fewer in the United States (down 25%); 300,000 fewer in Poland (down 99%); 600,000 fewer in Japan (down 70%); 900,000 fewer in Romania (down 90%); a million fewer in the Ukraine (down 90%); down 120,000 in Italy (55%); and 400,000 fewer in South Korea (down 70%). Moreover, despite technology being far more readily available in the developing world, abortion is still rare there.
Good news indeed. Great post.
I fell in love with my son when I saw his eight-week ultrasound. Tiny little arms, legs, and, to even my great surprise, bouncing all around in there.