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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Population Control = Too Many People Of Faith

Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, wrote a piece that's up at Catholic Exchange, analyzing an article written by Carter Dillard, a population control proponent at the New York University School of Law, titled "Rethinking The Procreative Right". Dillard's article was originally published in late 2007 in the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, so if you were thinking that he's just another loony professor expressing his loony opinion on a personal blog, you would be incorrect. This loony professor's loony opinion was published in a "prestigious" (Mosher's word) publication.

The long and short of it? 'His (Dillard's) “rethinking” turns out to be an interminable recounting of every anti-people argument ever advanced. This, combined with the absence of specific laws guaranteeing procreative rights, leads him to conclude that that human rights theory, legal precedent and national and international practice do not support “a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of one’s children.”'

It's a chilling article, in which Mosher states Dillard's admitted admiration for China's one-child policy, and describes how such a program could AND should be implemented not just here in the United States, but worldwide.

Isn't it ironic that people who are concerned about over-population are already living? Isn't their mere existence part of the problem? To me, the honorable thing for them to do would be to jump off the nearest bridge or lay down on a train track somewhere. I don't advocate suicide, but at least it would demonstrate they honestly believed in their position. No, it's easier to pontificate on how other people need to have fewer (preferably zero) children, and if the other people won't do so voluntarily, like they did - in their eyes, that's the 'honorable thing' they did, or didn't do - then gosh darn it, the other people will just have to be forced to not procreate. On top of that, it's the people who are different from them (in other words, people of faith, minorities, certain political affiliations, etc) that need to get with the program, either by hook or by crook.

Sorry to end the month on such a dour note - really I am! - but there's no rest for the people of God. It's a stark reminder that elections DO matter!