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What’s airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “Dispelling the Overpopulation Myth,” Part 2

by | May 25, 2012

By Dave Andrusko


NRLC President Carol Tobias

Yesterday,  National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias began a two-part analysis of an article written a few years ago that debunked the overpopulation myth and then began to tie it to abortion and euthanasia.

The article was written by Philip Longman and was a summary of the thesis of his fascinating book, “The Empty Cradle.” (Steven Mosher will be talking about this myth of overpopulation at the National Right to Life Convention. See The “Population Bomb” hysteria of the 1960s was dangerously wrong and terribly misguided. Part and parcel of the ensuing “population control” campaign was and is sex-selective abortion, and in places like China, forced abortion.

As Mrs. Tobias picks up the discussion at, we know that in many parts of the world,  the fear is not of too many children but of too few to support a growing number of older people.

Whatever short-term benefits there may be in a decline in birth rate are far outstripped by the problems that are already surfacing. What Longman wrote a few years ago is even more true today:

“Although at first the fact that there are fewer children to feed, clothe and educate leaves more for adults to enjoy, soon enough, if fertility falls beneath replacement levels, the number of productive workers drops as well, and the number of dependent elderly increase. And these older citizens consume far more resources than children do.”

Mrs. Tobias explains that once the elderly become a perceived “burden, “there will be more social incentive for euthanasia. Tying her two themes together, she says,

“If abortion was posed as a solution to overpopulation, you can bet that the pro-death activists will be campaigning tirelessly to pass laws in favor of euthanasia as depopulation becomes a reality.”

The answer to this impending crisis is to  value all human life once again.  Mrs. Tobias explains that Longman had written that the family was becoming nothing more than a “unit of consumption” in today’s world—that it was no longer viewed as valuable to society—that “Children are no longer seen as the hope of the future, but as merely consumers of natural resources.”

She ends with a stark call to action: 

“In order to prevent the killing of millions of elderly world-wide, we must begin to act now.  We must continue to work to turn the tide away from death and toward respect for all human life.”

Be sure to listen to Mrs. Tobias at and pass that URL along using your social networks.

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