After 48 years of abortion on demand and over 50 years of America on the Pill, is the United States on the verge of an inevitable population death spiral similar to that facing Europe, China, and the former Soviet Union?
From the latest trends in births, it certainly seems that way. Since 2007, births have been declining by 1.1% a year while abortions have been dropping by 3% a year. The 1.9% difference between the two trends reflects the success of the pro-life movement in saving lives and discouraging abortion. That is certainly good news.
The bad news, however, is that both trends reflect a decline in the number of young women in their child-bearing years. That's a direct consequence of 59.3 million abortions since 1967 plus 50 years of America on the Pill.
It's called "the echo effect." Babies aborted and births prevented 20 to 40 years ago are simply not around to give birth to a new generation. And that means a steady decline in new births that could last for years based on a detailed analysis of trends by our researchers at Movement for a Better America.
When I founded Movement for a Better America in 1995, I correctly predicted a new economic malaise starting in the year 2000 if America failed to end abortion on demand. Since then we’ve had two major stock market declines, and may soon be headed for something worse – a long term economic decline that could last for decades. All of these forecasts were based on the fundamental demographic changes triggered by the abortion epidemic.
Since 1995, the abortion toll has risen from 35 million to 59 milIion, and the malaise we’ve experienced for the last 15 years is about to deepen.
The latest rumbles on Wall Street and in China are just a hint of what is to come.
For months, nearly all the experts have been in denial about the real causes of the economic slowdown, blaming good things like more efficient oil and gas production for creating a glut in energy supplies when the real problem is a crisis in consumer demand driven by aggressive pro-abortion policies in both the United States and China.
However, our latest research suggests that abortion is fast becoming a major national security issue, and not just a matter of personal and public morality. Although politicians and pundits usually avoid the topic, abortion now threatens our very survival as a nation.
No other generation in history has been dismissed as anonymously as Generation X, Y and Z. Nor has any generation before them ever experienced the abortion of 30% of their members. Even in World War II, only 1.8% of the 16 million men and women failed to come back because they were killed in action. Meanwhile, this generation has inherited an economy that is on the verge of implosion as a result of profligate government spending and failed government policies. That's why we feel it is time for America's younger generation to start demanding, "Why!"
Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines was important for reasons beyond the record crowd of six million people who turned out to greet him.
It was important because Pope Francis chose his encounter with the youth of the Philippines to deliver a powerful pro-life message to the youth of the world.
Why did he do it there? With its deeply Catholic roots, the Philippines are like the Ireland of the Far East -- except that they have twice the rate of natural increase that Ireland does, and their birth rate is 59% higher. Indeed, the Republic of the Philippines is the only western country with a birth rate to match that of the Muslim world. Elsewhere in the West, populations are shrinking.
In his address to youth, Pope Francis urged young people to think clearly, feel passionately, and act courageously in their encounter with today’s moral, social, political, and economic problems.
Bishop Arthur Seratelli of Paterson recently asked a very important question: "Why do we face the sad loss of so many of our young people from the practice of the faith?"
He cited Pew studies showing that one-third of all adults under 30 are no longer connected with any church. Indeed, four out of five abandon the practice of their faith by the time they leave high school and move on to college.
These are stunning statistics. But what exactly has caused this crisis of faith among the young? And what can we do to change it?
By Dennis Howard This August, it was more than years since Martin Luther King Jr. came to Washington to deliver his magnificent "I Have a Dream" speech. In it, he celebrated the Emancipation Proclamation of 100 years earlier as "a great beacon of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice." He also hailed an earlier time "when the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence." He reminded us: "They were signing a Promissory Note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." He asked whether America had defaulted on that note, and concluded that "instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check that has come back marked insufficient funds." Now, half a century later, we have to ask that question again.
Dennis Howard is founder and president of The Movement for a Better America, a non-profit, pro-life educational organization. Before starting MBA in 1995, he had a long and successful career in journalism and creative marketing. He is available as a strategic marketing consultant to other pro-life organizations, and is currently writing a book on the disastrous economic impact of abortion. To invite Dennis as a speaker, contact him at Movement for a Better America, PO Box 472, Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970-0472 or email him at mbaforlife@gmail dot com.