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Political Editors / May 13, 2021

In Brief: The Left’s War on Procreation

Vogue calls childbearing “environmental vandalism.” Leftists everywhere agree.

Why are there so few babies these days? Don Feder has an answer at FrontPage Mag.

Last week, the left’s war on procreation was headline news.

In the April 29th British edition of Vogue, Nell Frizzell wrote a pean to population control: “Is Having a Child Pure Environmental Terrorism?” — a shameless piece of virtue signaling.

Frizzell confessed that when she was pregnant, she “worried feverishly about the strain on the Earth’s resources that another Western child would add.”

The author went on to agonize about the amount of electricity her child would use in his lifetime, the food he would consume and what it would take to grow it — and how the future consumer would add to air pollution, global warming and depleted resources.

It was painful to read and depressing to contemplate — that someone so indoctrinated in the cult of Carbon Footprints can display their ignorance in the mass media.

Yet this kind of twisted thinking is what permeates the Western Left. Feder elaborates on the work of Bill and Melinda Gates, divorcing though they are, to control the world’s population, particularly in Africa. Vast amounts of money are being spent by wealthy white leftists “dedicated to making the world a more barren place.”

If the billions that Bill and Melinda and their Good Club friends like Ted Turner and George Soros pump into population control were spent on clean water, better nutrition and maternal health care, the condition of Africans would be immeasurably improved. But then they’d be buying life, when what they want is death.

He then moves on to Joe Biden, the supposedly “devout Catholic” president who is a radical pro-abortion politician. “Calling Joe a ‘devout Catholic,’” quips Feder, “is like calling a Jew who eats bacon cheeseburgers on Yom Kippur ‘observant.’”

The Gateses, the Vogue writer and Biden’s handlers are all neo-Malthusians — disciples of Paul Ehrlich, the much-discredited prophet of over-population.

After visiting Calcutta in the 1960s, and based on his extensive study of insect life, Ehrlich wrote “The Population Bomb” in 1968, which forecast worldwide famine in the 1970s. If you missed it, you aren’t alone. The Bomb blew up in Ehrlich’s face, like an exploding cigar. …

While environmental activists view more people as more mouths to feed, others see them as more hands to produce and more brains to innovate.

Despite this reality, the Malthusians are having an undeniable impact. Worldwide fertility rates (the number of children the average woman will have in her lifetime) are falling fast. Sometime in this century, we will get into population decline, perhaps even population freefall.

The problems caused by falling fertility will become far more critical than anything these people think they’re solving.

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