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Incoming Philippine President Proposes Three-Child Policy

Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte caused a media firestorm recently after proposing a three-child policy to stem “overpopulation” in the Southeast Asian nation. “I only want three children for every family,” Duterte said, “I’m a Christian, but I’m a realist so we have to do something with our overpopulation. I will defy the opinion or the belief of the Church.” Only a few days before, Duterte had mocked the Catholic Church of being the “most hypocritical institution” …

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Open response to: “Overpopulation: Should America have a one-child policy?

Last Tuesday, the Washington Times published an article by Joseph Cotto entitled, “Overpopulation: Should America have a one-child policy?” Despite the provocative title, the article does not present a stimulating thought-experiment, but rather a series of half-truths and inconsistencies with dangerous implications. Because such half-truths have been at the ideological root of every forced abortion this century, we at Population Research Institute drew up a list of the claims made in the article—and countered them …

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Debunking the Myth of Overpopulation

We are contacted all the time by people asking for how they can refute the arguments that the world is overpopulated, so we have decided to create a short primer called “How to Debunk the Myth of Overpopulation in Three Easy Steps.” Before we start, however, let’s define terms. Overpopulation describes a situation where the number of people exhausts the resources in a closed environment such that it can no longer support that population. Let’s …

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Baby Seven Billion, Welcome.

A few seconds after midnight a baby emerged from the womb of her mother, drew her first breath, and announced her arrival into the world with a tiny cry. This is Baby Seven Billion. Today, 31 October 2011, is her birthday. This piece appeared in the Washington Times on 31 October, 2011. This day — the day that our planet becomes home to seven billion human beings — marks an important milestone. But is it …

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How Family Planning Programs Cause Sex-Selective Abortion, Female Infanticide, and Other Forms of Child Abuse

10 December 2007     Vol. 9 / No. 46 Dear Colleague, Contrary to the claims of the population controllers, their programs actually increase infant mortality. Let us count the ways. Steven W. Mosher How Family Planning Programs Cause Sex-Selective Abortion, Female Infanticide, and Other Forms of Child Abuse. The anti-natalists argue that population control (aka “family planning” programs) lowers infant mortality. Some of their arguments are very crude. It is true that, as the birth rate …

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Sustainability of the French Social Model

Environmentalists like to talk about sustainability, the conduction of agriculture and other activities so they may continue generation after generation, without destroying the resources on which they depend. A farming method that exhausts the soil over 25 years, rendering the land sterile for future generations, is irresponsible, they say. Though much of what environmentalists claim is unsustainable actually isn’t, the central point is a valid one for anyone who cares deeply about the future of …

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