Expecting U.S. Person 300 Million
It is believed that the U.S. population will increase to 300 million this fall; immigrants and Hispanic newborns will largely account for the increase.
Almost one-half of last year’s population increase was due to the Hispanic sector of our society; white non-Hispanics, who now make up about two-thirds of the population, accounted for less than one-fifth of the increase.
It is difficult to estimate how Hispanics affected the U.S. population statistics and what percentage of growth they added in the past, as there are no solid figures on the number of Hispanics available before the 1970 census. During the 1960s, few U.S. citizens had neighbors from Central or South America. Till then, this country’s population growth was due to an increasing U.S. birthrate (including the baby boom ending in 1964), not immigration, said Howard Hogan, the Census Bureau’s associate director for demographic programs.
In 1967, white non-Hispanics made up about 83% of the population with less than 1 in 20 people born outside this country, fewer than 10 million people. The make-up of the United States’ population has changed significantly over the years, and today it includes 36 million immigrants, l in 8 people. “We were much more of an insular society back then,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. “It was much more of a white, middle-class, suburban society.” Considering the number of people in the United States today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s population clock, and considering that the U.S. adds a person each 11 seconds, the 300 millionth person in the U.S. is expected to be born — or cross the border into this country — in October 2006.
Hispanic immigration increases in the last years has also changed the make-up of the U.S. minority populations. Hispanics today make up more than 14% of the population in the United States, outnumbering blacks as the largest minority group. And with the change in the minority make-up came changes in society itself, according to sociologists who say the Hispanic growth is expected to continue in the cultural, political and economic characteristics in the country. Of the 2.8 million people added to the U.S. population last year, a little over 1 million came from immigration and about 1.7 million were due to births outnumbering deaths. This was an increase of less than l%, much less than in many parts of the world today. It is believed that as the white non-Hispanic segment of the population continues to decrease its birthrate, by 2040 (when the U.S. population is expected to hit 400 million), those white non-Hispanics will barely be in the majority when Hispanics are projected to make up 25% of the population, and blacks more than 14%, and Asians more than 7%.
See the Source: Stephen Ohlemacher, “US population expected to top 300 million in fall,” The Boston Globe, 26 June 2006, http://www.boston.com/news/nation/Washington/articles/2006/06/26/us_population_expected_to_top_300_million_in_fall/
Babies with Clubbed Feet Killed
The new eugenics is proving to be just as brutal and cruel as the old. The advent of ultrasound technology has enabled babies with minor deformities to be identified in utero and selectively eliminated.
The Times of London on 28 May 2006 reported that babies conceived with club feet are now at risk of being aborted in Great Britain. From 1996 to 2004, according to the Office for National Statistics, 20 babies were aborted for this reason, while four more were killed because they had webbed Fingers or extra digits. At least one baby was terminated because of a simple cleft palate.
All these minor deformities are easily and readily correctable by surgery and none are life-threatening.
British law allows abortions to be carried out until birth in the case of a “serious handicap.” This was originally conceived as a condition that would prevent the baby from surviving infancy, but it has now been broadened to include almost anything.
All of the babies aborted were in the late second or even third trimester of pregnancy, past the point of viability. How many other babies were eliminated earlier in the pregnancy is difficult to say, since British law allows abortion on demand up to 24 weeks.
Some members of the British Medical Service apparently routinely advise abortion when a clubfoot is detected. If Kristi Yamaguchi’s parents had followed this advice, the American figure skater, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1992, would have never taken the ice.
See the Source: Lois Rogers, “Babies with club feet aborted,” Timesonline, 28 May 2006, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article?0,,2087-2200495,00.html
Chinese Abortion Law
Chinese politicians are backing away from a law making gender-based abortions illegal in their country. Officials from the Xinhua news agency recently reported that the National People’s Congress had been leaning towards making selective abortion a crime punishable by fines and up to three years in jail, but decided not to pursue it at this time since “many controversies remain.”
The widespread use of gender-based abortions has long been a problem in China where male offspring are much preferred. The practice has skewed China’s gender ratio to 119 boys for every 100 girls; the global average is 105 boys for 100 girls.
See the Source: Andrew Yeh, “China retreats on selective abortion law plan,” Financial Times.com25 June 2006, http://www..ft.com/cms/s/070693de-0486-11db-8981-0000779e2340.html