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.
First, let’s take a look at its near term effect on the U.S. economy.
This January, U.S. population will reach 327 million. However, if not for those 59 million lives lost to abortion, it should be 386 million – or 18% higher. Can you imagine where the stock market would be with an economy 18% larger? And the youth market that has driven our economy since the 1950’s would be 30% bigger! Gen X, Y and Z have borne the brunt of the abortion epidemic that has dramatically weakened America.
The Fed can fool around with interest rates all it wants, but an 18% to 30% hit on our whole economy has to be taken far more seriously.
If those 59 million young people were still around, Gen X, Y and Z would all be 30% bigger. We’d need millions more teachers, nurses, and doctors plus a whole host of other workers just to supply their basic needs. And new household formation would be running at least 30% higher, increasing demand for housing and everything that goes with it.
The high flyers on Wall Street – like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Home Depot, Lowe’s and others – would all be flying higher. Main Street would be buzzing, too. Add better trade policies and businesses all across America would be booming.
So what else is happening to send this economy into the dumps?
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!"
The Supreme Court decision in the same sex marriage case (Obergefell v. Hodges) represents the most serious attack on states’ rights and the democratic process since Roe v. Wade reversed existing laws that had been on the books for over 100 years.
In this case, the Court overrode democratic votes in 32 out of 35 states where the issue had already been decided. That’s a 91% margin of victory, which is enough to make a majority in Communist Russia, but apparently not here. Over there, 90% majorities are honored, but here they can be overridden by five Supreme Court Justices.
In fact, there is no way that either Obergefell or Roe could have been become law through the normal legislative process. For the Court to so cavalierly override the will of the people is the kind of tyranny Americans once had a revolution over.
Even today, 42 years later, Roe v. Wade could not be passed by legislative process in all but a handful of the most liberal states in the country. The same holds true for the same sex marriage decision. But Scotus says “So what!” and may yet get away with it.
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?
That's no longer an open question. It first occurred to me in 1992 when I retired after a long career as a journalist and later as a marketing consultant for companies like Waring, Toshiba, Baker Industries, Cessna, AT&T and others.
That's when I first took a look at the astonishing number of abortions in the United States – some 30 million by then. Back then, that was equal to the population of the 32 largest cities in the U.S. – from New York all the way down to cities the size of Austin, Texas.
Based on this preliminary analysis, I predicted an economic crisis starting in the year 2000 and continuing until 2020. Not only did my predictions come true on schedule, but our latest research shows that the impact is far deeper than even I realized back then.
My current forecast is that, unless America comes to its senses about abortion and birth control within the next few years, it will be all over for the United States as the beacon of freedom and economic prosperity for the world. That could easily happen by 2025 if things don't change.
Why is the outlook getting worse? For one thing, the economic impact of the abortion boom is deepening, not abating. Today, we have had a cumulative 58 million abortions, nearly double the 30 million we had in 1992.
And the number of cities with an equivalent population has soared to include our 93 largest cities. Within 3 years, that number will reach 100.
It's as if we had a nuclear war with a 100% casualty rate in all our major cities with populations of 200,000 or more. You would have to call that near total destruction!
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.