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What’s airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “The Population Control Holocaust,” Conclusion

by | Sep 20, 2012

By Carol Tobias, NRLC President & Pro-Life Perspective Host

NRLC President Carol Tobias

Today we’re concluding our study of a very fascinating, but also very sad, article from Spring 2012 issue of “The New Atlantis,” entitled “The Population Control Holocaust.” Written by Robert Zubrin, a contributing editor to the journal, it looks at the history of population control programs and the use of forced abortion and sterilization in such programs. If you’ve missed any of these episodes, we’ve made them available at www. prolifeperspective.com.

Yesterday, we left off with Zubrin discussing the implementation of China’s brutal one-child policy. Zubrin observed that leaders of the UN Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) rushed to send money and personnel to aid the campaign. But even IPPF’s own information officer, Penny Kane, expressed alarm with the potential public relations disaster if Americans found out what it was doing.

Zubrin quotes Kane,

“I think that in the not-too-distant future this will blow up into a major press story as it contains all the ingredients for sensationalism — Communism, forced family planning, murder of viable fetuses, parallels with India, etc. When it does blow up, it is going to be very difficult to defend…. We might find it extremely difficult to handle the press and the public if there were a major fuss about the Chinese methods.”

Disregarding Kane’s concerns, the IPPF stepped up its support for the campaign. True to her worries, however, the story did begin to break in the West.

A 1981 story in the Wall Street Journal written by an eye witness and a 1982 piece in the New York Times documented “women being “handcuffed, tied with ropes, or placed in pig’s baskets” as they were being hauled off for forced abortions,” and Chinese women being “rounded up and forced to have abortions,” and tales of women “locked in detention cells or hauled before mass rallies and harangued into consenting to abortion,” as well as “vigilantes [who] abducted pregnant women on the streets and hauled them off, sometimes handcuffed or trussed, to abortion clinics.”

Zubrin writes

“Given the supreme importance to rural Chinese families of having a son, both to take care of aging parents and to continue the line and honor family ancestors, many peasants simply could not accept a daughter as their only child. The resultant spike in female infanticide was perhaps not especially troubling to the authorities in itself, given their attitude toward related matters, but the total social breakdown it betokened was. Facing this reality, in 1988 the government in some provinces compromised just a little and agreed that couples who had a daughter as their first child would be allowed one more try to have a son — provided that there were no unauthorized births or other violations of the population policy by anyone in the couple’s village during that year.”

Mr. Zubrin ends with this powerful conclusion:

“Around the world, the population control movement has resulted in billions of lost or ruined lives. We cannot stop at merely rebutting the pseudoscience and recounting the crimes of the population controllers. We must also expose and confront the underlying antihumanist ideology. If the idea is accepted that the world’s resources are fixed with only so much to go around, then each new life is unwelcome, each unregulated act or thought is a menace, every person is fundamentally the enemy of every other person, and each race or nation is the enemy of every other race or nation. The ultimate outcome of such a worldview can only be enforced stagnation, tyranny, war, and genocide. The horrific crimes advocated or perpetrated by antihumanism’s devotees over the past two centuries prove this conclusively.

“That is why we must reject antihumanism and embrace instead an ethic based on faith in the human capacity for creativity and invention. For in doing so, we make a statement that we are living not at the end of history, but at the beginning of history; that we believe in freedom and not regimentation; in progress and not stasis; in love rather than hate; in life rather than death; in hope rather than despair.”

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