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Topics: fertility decline

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Are We Running Out of People?



Ask anyone if the world is overpopulated, and you know what they will say. The idea that we humans are breeding ourselves to death—and taking the planet with us–is in the air that we breathe. It was drummed into us in high school biology, where we were told that the world is like a tiny “lifeboat.”  We have to lighten the load, our teachers told us, or the “lifeboat” will sink and we will all …

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China Begins “Mobilizing the Masses” to Reproduce



https://www.pop.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WB_China-2-child-mandate-092118.mp3 This article originally appeared on LifeSiteNews When the Chinese Communist Party implemented a “comprehensive two-child policy” in early 2016, outside observers assumed that it would be voluntary.  And why should they not? To all appearances, this was a dramatic relaxation—a doubling, no less–of the restrictive one-child policy. But appearances can be deceiving, especially where China is concerned. Instead of enjoying a new dawn of reproductive freedom, Chinese couples are actually being herded into something …

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Nearly 125 Indian Members of Parliament Back Petition to Introduce a Two-Child Policy



https://www.pop.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/wb-India-two-child-091018.mp3 Nearly 125 lawmakers in India’s Parliament have signed a petition to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, calling for a nationwide two-child policy. Members of Parliament (MPs) who signed the petition have called for a law prohibiting Indian couples from having more than two children with stiff penalties for couples who exceed the proposed two-child limit. On August 9th, four MPs from the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh met with President Kovind to personally …

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Chinese Provincial Government Calls for an End to Birth Restrictions



https://www.pop.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/WB_China-Provincial.mp3 The provincial government in Shaanxi, a province in north-central China, has published a report that calls for an abolishment of birth limits under China’s planned birth policy. Currently, China’s two-child policy prohibits couples from having more than two children. In many provinces, couples are allowed a third child only in narrowly-crafted special circumstances that often require government approval, such as when a child has a severe disability or in second marriages. Couples who exceed …

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Just why do we need more people in the United States?



https://www.pop.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/WB-Mosher-Why-we-need-more-children-072018.mp3 This article originally appeared on LifeSiteNews. The spectacle of caravans of desperate people trekking across half a continent to get to their Promised Land elicits strong reactions from those who are already here. Some Americans would like to welcome all comers with open arms. Others, like the Canaanites of old, would like to shut down immigration altogether. Among these is my friend Michael Anton, the former director of communications for the National Security Council, …

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The Japanese Pregnancy Rotation System



For working women in Western societies, sometimes getting ahead means you may have to put off having the baby that you wanted to have for a few years. But in countries like Japan, where population shrinkage has created labor shortages, it is an unwritten rule in jobs which predominantly employ young women that they ought to take turns when conceiving, creating what some have called a de facto “pregnancy rota.” A recent story from Agence …

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Japanese Government Says Shrinking Population is the “Biggest Challenge” for Economic Growth



https://www.pop.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/WB_Japan_Demographics_102517.mp3 For decades, population growth in Japan has been below replacement. Demographers have long warned that the country’s low birth rate and low immigration are unsustainable. In recent years, the population has now begun to shrink and the country’s demographic decline has become a considerable obstacle to economic growth. Many Japanese have now come to realize the seriousness of the situation. Following a decisive election victory for his party over the weekend, Japan Prime Minister …

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Philippines: “No” to Population Control, “Yes” to Authentic Development—Part II



Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to “champion contraception…to reduce poverty by 25 percent in six years.” “I only want three children for every family,” he stated publicly, “I’m a Christian, but I’m a realist so we have to do something with our overpopulation.” Having promoted, as former mayor of Davao, sexual “education,” free contraception and free access to tubal ligation, Duterte now says that “a more aggressive approach” is necessary because “our resources cannot …

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