Destroying Children Will Destroy Us

| February 6, 2012

Several sobering pieces in the past couple of weeks: The distorting of the human sex ratio ~ Even a rational optimist is pessimistic about some things. Here’s one: the gradual distortion of the human sex ratio by sex-selective abortion. A new essay by the demographer Nicholas Eberstadt concludes that “the practice has become so ruthlessly […]

Rethinking Contraception

| January 20, 2012

Several share-worthy posts have come through the newsfeed this week: Anti-Baby Pill Father Laments Bulgaria’s Demographic Bust ~ Djerassi, now 88 years old, was one of three researchers whose formulation of the synthetic progestagen Norethisterone marked a key step in the creation of the first oral contraceptive pill. He has repeatedly said that young Europeans […]

Elisabeth’s Barrenness and Ours

| December 27, 2011

From Mark Steyn over at National Review Online: We now live in Elisabeth’s world — not just because technology has caught up with the Deity and enabled women in their 50s and 60s to become mothers, but in a more basic sense. The problem with the advanced West is not that it’s broke but that […]

The Brutality of “Population Control”

| November 29, 2011

From Demography is Destiny: About a month ago this tragic story from China surfaced in the Western media (the UK’s Guardian).  It’s a terribly sad story about a mother, Ma Jihong, who died on an operating table in Lijin, Shandong province, when she was forced by state officials to have a late-term abortion.  Why were […]

“Baby-boomers failed to plant their gardens”

| November 29, 2011

We post often on demographics, because childbearing (or the lack of it) has huge consequences on our world–both on families and on nations. I’ve picked several excellent pieces to share (now that Internet is working again consistently here!): From Pundit & Pundette: “Pregnancy, childbirth, babies, toddlers, teenagers — they introduce uncontrollable variables into life. Having […]

Chinese abortion death due to birth quota enforcement, family claims

| November 3, 2011

From The Guardian online: When Ma Jihong became pregnant for a third time, she looked forward to expanding her family. So many neighbours had broken China‘s strict birth quotas she thought she could too. But six months later she died in panic on an operating table after officials in Lijin, Shandong province, forced her into […]

7 Billion People: Reason to Panic?

| November 3, 2011

There have been a number of articles over the past few weeks surrounding the birth of the seven billionth person on the planet (which happened at some point on Monday the 31st). Here at LAF, we have posted many articles about demography and how the real worry is not overpopulation but falling birth rates and […]

Abortion and Disabilities: 87% of Downs Die, 64% Spina Bifida

| October 14, 2011

From LifeNews: The targeting of unborn children in abortion is especially heartbreaking for parents who have raised children with disabilities and experienced the love and joy they share together. Now, a new flier produced by Right to Life of Michigan provides some startling stats in terms of the percentage of unborn children diagnosed with various […]

Marriage, family and the business dividend

| October 7, 2011

From Mercatornet: Have you read the latest on the Greek bailout? Last I heard people who were lucky enough to have government jobs are on strike because they are about to lose them, thanks to austerity measures being forced on the country by the EU and the IMF. The sunny Mediterranean country is the eye […]

GINKs on the rise?

| September 30, 2011

From Shannon Buckley at Mercatornet: Those who would have us stop having children have obviously got through to the editor of The Guardian, Lisa Hymas, who has announced that she is going to be a ‘GINK’ – which is apparently a trendy new term which stands for ‘green inclinations, no kids’…. According to Hymas having no children is a family type that there […]

Time to Review an ‘Ideal Family’?

| September 6, 2011

K. V. Sridhar of India’s Business Daily has posted a pointed commentary about sex-selective abortion and the “ideal family” in India: A look at India’s census reveals a country obsessed by boys and sex-selection laws that no one will enforce. The continuing female feticide explains why the child sex ratio is getting worse. The latest […]

Asian marriage in trouble

| August 25, 2011

From Carolyn Moynihan at Mercatornet: Asian marriage is in the news, with The Economist reporting on “the flight from marriage” in that part of the world and the London Telegraph noting the materialism which is delaying marriages in China. As we saw last week, divorce is booming in China. But young urban women are also […]

Biden’s anti-life policy

| August 25, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden can’t keep his foot out of his mouth. On Sunday, he said he “fully understands” and “is not second-guessing” Beijing’s one-child-per-family policy. The remark came during an unscripted question-and-answer session with students at China’s Sichuan University. An Obama administration spokesman backpedaled, claiming the vice president finds the coercive aspects of the […]

Baby shock! Celebrity couple snub population police

| August 16, 2011

From a great piece over on Mercatornet: In their zeal to preserve the planet from the scourge of babies, these activists overlook the fact that humans are problem solvers and producers as well as consumers. They forget that the solution to poverty is not to eradicate poor people, but to use human creativity, innovation and […]

Missing Children: How Falling Birthrates Turn Everything Upside Down

| August 11, 2011

Demography expert Philip Longman has a superb article up at The Family in America: Just as it is very difficult at the very top of a long market rally to persuade anyone that the bubble is about to burst, so was it nearly impossible even to contemplate in this era that the growth rate of […]