Human beings perform 46 million abortions annually around the planet. Year in and year out! That's 46 million women requesting and accepting an abortion of their fetus. According to the World Health Organization, 96 percent of those abortions represent a secondary form of birth control. That means they did not have access to birth control on the front end. It means they either couldn't feed a child, shelter it or provide for it--or they already had birthed too many children they couldn't feed or care for.
At the same time, eight million adults and 10 million children under the age of 12 die of starvation and related diseases annually around this planet--18 million human beings. Year in and year out! In my world bicycle travels, I witnessed such massive human die-offs personally. I also witnessed living conditions that would turn the stomach of an average Canadian, European, American. (Sources: Time Magazine, World Health Organization)
Two billion human beings live on less than $2.00 per day and over 1.5 billion human beings cannot procure a clean glass of drinking water. Over 2.1 billion humans do not have access to or use of flush toilets with water sewage treatment plants. In India, 1,000 children under the age of 12 die of dysentery, diarrhea and other water borne diseases every day of the year. (Source: www.populationmedia.org) Yet, without birth control, India grows by an added 12 million annually, net gain, on their way from 1.2 billion to 1.6 billion in 39 years. The Ganges River, which I witnessed, flows into the ocean loaded with raw sewage, chemicals and cremated human bodies. It forms a 10,000 mile dead zone at its mouth--where few marine creatures can survive the polluted waters. Today!
Another impoverished nation, Haiti, long before the earthquake, suffered under 9.1 million people on a tiny island desecrated by human overload. They cut 98 percent of their trees. Remember Easter Island's human population fiasco? Result: extinction of their civilization! Haitians run billions of gallons of raw sewage into the ocean. They live in utter poverty, and yet, because the Catholic Church curtails any birth control, Haiti, already living in appalling human misery--expects to add another 3.1 million onto that island within another decade or so. Because of the lack of birth control, Haitian women birth thousands of children they cannot feed, care for or house. Illiteracy: almost 100 percent. Definition and cause of their poverty: illiteracy, religious mandates and babies.
The third world adds 80 million children annually, net gain. Fact: 57 million humans die off around the planet every year. Humans birth 57 million to replace them while birthing another 80 million to create a net gain--on our way to adding 2 to 3 billion more humans within 40 years.
In other words, the human race seems to love its suffering, its deaths by starvation via all religions that stand against birth control and family planning.
Here in the USA, according to Dottie Lamm, Denver Post last Sunday, "A full 69 percent of African-American children are raised by a single parent, usually the mother."
They birthed those children because they either didn't have money or access to birth control. Cost to U.S. taxpayers in Aid to Dependent Children: billions since 1965 when government programs paid for those women to be non-responsible for their actions. White, Black, Hispanic--no difference!
Current high school dropout rates across the nation: 76 percent in Detroit, Michigan; 50 percent in Denver, Colorado; 55 percent in Los Angeles; and most other major cities. Result: 7,000 teenagers per day drop out of high school, 1 every 26 seconds--total of 1.2 million annually--illiterate teens hitting our streets. (Source: Brian Williams, NBC News, CNN)
We may prefer to ignore these sobering statistics, but they will not ignore us or our civilization--given enough time--complete breakdown of our welfare, educational, medical and prison systems.
THE GREAT ABORTION DEBATE
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down funds for International Family Planning as well as in the United States, i.e., birth control, family counseling regarding "wanted births" as well as termination of pregnancy. They removed the very funds that could alleviate human suffering by providing birth control and family counseling for millions of America's and third world poor.
Let me be clear: I am not in favor of abortion. Used as birth control, it remains insensible!
Common sense: I am in favor of birth control so that abortion would become largely obviated.
If the House carries through with its "charge' to stop family planning, sex education and family size counseling--its collective choice will generate added millions to that 46 million annual abortions. At the same time, it will cause the starvation of millions of adults and children that do become born. It will add to environmental devastation now taking place around the planet as we add 80 million humans annually.
CONSIDER THESE FINANCIAL OUTLAYS ON TOP OF HUMAN DEGRADATION