Editor’s Note: Thanks to the tireless efforts of Colin Mason, our Director of media Production and de facto public relations officer, PRI has received unprecedented coverage in print, on the radio, on television, and across the blogosphere. The following is but a taste of PRI’s appearance in the public eye.
Steve Mosher, an expert colleague of SPUC and the president of the Population Research Institute (PRI), has written a very information [sic] piece about World Population Day here: (http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=28547&page=2). PRI has also written:
“Some will find population decline a cause for celebration. But keep this in mind: The world’s population will age rapidly in that time, due to the few births. Most of the world, including its poor nations, will develop the same massive social security and health care problems that increasingly plague fast-aging First World nations in Western Europe and North America as well as Japan. The UNDP [United Nations Development Program] projects the median age of the world will go from 28 today to 38 by 2050. The proportion of the population over 65 will go from 7.4% to 16.1%, the oldest old — those over 80, who cannot work and usually require daily if not constant care from others — will more than triple from 1.3% to 4.3%. That’s a big hill for any society. At the same time, the proportion of the population of productive working age, defined as between ages 15 and 64, will go from 64.5% to 63.7%, while the next generation — those under 4 — will go from 9.5% to a crippling 6.7%.”
But it’s not all doom-and-gloom. Naturally, pro-lifers have, and continue to have, more children than anti-lifers, passing on their message to the next generation. So, population controllers, in the end we will outsmart you by out-breeding you.
John Smeaton, “Happy Population Day!” John Smeaton, SPUC director, 11 July 2008, http://spuc-director.blogspot.com/2008/07/happy-population-day.html
“Humanae Vitae was prophetic in many ways: one way is not generally realized,” explained Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research institute. “Countries where its instruction was ignored such the United States and Western Europe are dying today. Those who bought the idea that population is a bad thing and voluntarily sterilized themselves through birth control are leaving no legacy.”
Moreover, the contraceptive culture intended to reduce our carbon footprint has side effects which do just the opposite …
“When you weaken the family through divorce, you must use more energy, room, autos, fuel etc… because instead of four, six, eight people living together, you now have isolated individuals who must use separate appliances, homes and energy,” said Mr. Mosher.
Ironically, they are now calling for people to live together as an environmentally friendly move, yet at the same time condemning large families, said Mr. Mosher who is the father of nine.
Mary Worthingon, “Environmental Concerns Since ‘Humanae Vitae’” The Bulletin, 25 July 2008, http://www.thebulletin.us/site/index.cfm?newsid=19871373&BRD=2737&PAG=461&dept_id=576361&rfi=8
If there’s an issue that can get the pro-life movement in the US, to focus on Asia, it’s the practice of sex-selection in India and other parts of the region. Steven Mosher, president of anti-abortion group the Population Research institute, last month put up a video on YouTube calling on American feminists to speak out against sex selection in Asia, “In China, India, and other Asian countries, there is a strong preference for boys,” LifeNews.com quoted him saying. “This combination of a preference for boys and modern technology — the ultrasound machine — has proven deadly for millions upon millions of baby girls.”
Bruce Einhorn, “India Anti-Abortion Activists Target Google, Yahoo and Microsft” Business Week, 19 August 2008, http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/blog/eyeonasia/archives/2008/08/india_anti-abor.html
… Unlike almost all other American scholars of the subject, Steven Mosher, president of Population Research Institute and a China expert, does not consider population control to be a worthy goal. Nor does he think population control programs were a necessary expedient whose time has now passed, or believe the concept was fine in principle while deploring the forced sterilization and abortion campaigns conducted in the Third World as part of the postwar global population control effort. Using plenty of anecdotes from the lives of people in poor countries and a popular, nonacademic style, Mr. Mosher documents how population control has crowded out many of the resources needed for disease prevention and treatment and has often led to massive human rights abuses by governments eager to meet their population reduction goals. (Full disclosure: I used to work at PRI.)…
…Not only have the facts proved Mr. Mosher’s Christian-derived beliefs true — the tremendous increase in global population since World War II has been accompanied by tremendous increases in prosperity and scientific achievement instead of the mass starvation and other disastrous consequences predicted by population controllers — but he sounds the alarm about the coming underpopulation crisis, Population control, including its First World variant of anti-family materialism, has become far too successful.
Joseph D’Agostino, “Taking on the overpopulation myth” The Washington Times, 27 July 2008, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jul/27/taking-on-the-overpopulation-myth/
Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research institute (PRI), says that America has a hidden problem of sex discrimination, but a form of discrimination that feminists refuse to address.
In PRI’s latest YouTube video, Mosher decries the practice, common in East and South Asian countries, of sex-selective abortion, According to the United Nations, this practice has already claimed the lives of over 100 million girls worldwide, The video goes on to cite a recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences, saying that many American groups, particularly those of Asian descent, have the same skewed birthrates as found in their country of origin, Many of the sexist customs and practices that have led to these skewed birthrates are being imported into the United States.
“Video: PRI exposes feminists ignoring sex-selective abortions worldwide” American Papist, 25 July, 2008, http://www.americanpapist.com/2008/07/video-pri-exposes-feminists-ignoring.html
Steve Mosher’s major point is that people are an asset not a problem and an increasing birth rate is a sign of stability and optimism within a country. He compares America’s positive population growth and economic situation with Europe, where ‘they are opening cemeteries and closing maternity hospitals.’ It is difficult to listen to as a European, but rings horribly true.
Pat Buckley, “Mosher on Population” Pat Buckley — European Life Network, 31 August 2008, http://europeanlifenetwork.blogspot.com/2008/08/mosher-on-population.html