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Celebrate the Living, But Mourn the Dead

As our numbers pass seven billion, remember that, but for abortion, we would be passing eight.

The media is abuzz with news about humanity’s numbers. Sometime
during the latter part of this year or early next year—the
exact date is still a little fuzzy—there will be, for the
first time in history, 7 billion people alive on the planet at the
same time.

Left-wing pundits are already splashing ink all over this subject.
National Geographic is taking the entire year to decry this increase
in numbers, spinning off countless articles, sleek videos, and photo
sets warning of the “overpopulation” disasters that
supposedly await us.

Other organizations are in full panic mode as well. Panelists at an
American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting,
abandoning scientific objectivity in favor of junk science, railed
about the exponential growth of population and its effect on the
environment. Within hours of this meeting, the Internet was ablaze
with scary headlines. Yahoo News warned us that the “Planet
Could Be ‘Unrecognizable’ by 2050.” The Teheran Times cried out
“Can Humanity Survive a Population of Over 10 Billion
People?” (That Iran, thanks to a nationwide sterilization
campaign organized by the ayatollahs, is now having too few children
to maintain the current population seems to have escaped the paper’s

At PRI we have a different take on Baby Seven Billion. While the
world’s population doubled and then doubled again in the past
century, more people has meant more prosperity. Human beings are
currently wealthier, healthier, and better educated than ever
before. The percentage of people trapped in poverty continues to

In fact, what we worry about is not a future of too many children,
but too few. Human birthrates across all continents are collapsing.
Not only will our numbers never double again, we are unlikely to even
make it much past 8 billion or so.

Were it not for abortion, of course, we would already be at 8
billion. Worse than any primitive tribe, we moderns have developed a
bad habit of killing our offspring, and doing so at an alarming rate.
According to Alan
Guttmacher Institute’s latest report
, there are 42 million induced
abortions a year worldwide.

The 2011 report of the Planned Parenthood think tank also states
that the number of abortions was even higher in the recent past:
“The number of induced abortions declined worldwide between 1995
and 2003, from nearly 46 million to approximately 42 million. About
one in five pregnancies worldwide end in abortion.”

We really don’t know how much credence to give these numbers.
After all, Guttmacher has no way of getting accurate statistics
from many countries with high abortion rates. The Chinese
government alone probably performs 10 to 14 million abortions a
year on its women. The real global total could be higher than 42

But let’s assume that Guttmacher is roughly correct and do some
simple calculations. At 40 million abortions a year, it would only
take 25 years to eliminate one billion babies.

Since the abortion business really took off around 1960 or so,
we have probably eliminated nearly twice that number, or two
billion unborn human beings.

Think about it. Over the past half-century, quietly and without
fanfare, in ordinary towns and cities, in dozens of countries around
the world, perhaps two billion children have been killed. They have
died unknown, often unmourned, and acknowledged only from time to

The 20th century was violent by any measure. Thirty-seven million
people were killed in World War I. Over 60 million perished in World
War II. Six million Jews and another six million Catholics died in
Hitler’s death camps. Twenty million died at the hands of the Soviet
authorities. Sixty-five million Chinese were killed by the Communist
Party, while forty-two million more starved to death during Mao’s
Great Leap Forward. And so on.

But these numbers are dwarfed by the sheer volume of children who
have been killed this past half-century.

At the very least, this number of abortions is a demographic
event of gigantic proportions. As the human race celebrates its 7
billionth member this fall, we should take a moment to remember the
billion or two who fell—and are still falling—victim to
the abortionists’ knives.

May they rest in peace.

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