On the eve of 39th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade pro-abortion decision, the Obama administration has mandated that “many church-affiliated institutions will have to cover free birth control for employees.” This does not mean that Christians will have to get abortions. Keep this in mind as you read the rest of this article.
Not only is Obama the food stamp president, the unemployment president, the no drilling for oil here president, the pro-homosexual military president, he is now the abortion president.
What I’m about to write may seem inappropriate given the tragedy of abortion. Sometimes when people are confronted with the consequences of their worldview the blinders come off. And if they don’t, they will have no future.
There are unintended consequences to what people believe and implement into law. For example, men in China are realizing the disastrous effects of their country’s one-child policy. If a family can only have one child, most Chinese families opt for males. As a result, there aren’t enough women for men to marry.
Low birth initiatives and aggressive pro-abortion policies have created a birth dearth in many European countries and Russia. Even birth rates among Muslims in Europe are in decline. David P. Goldman calls it “the closing of the Muslim womb.”
If demographic winter is encroaching slowly on the West, a snap frost has overtaken the Muslim world. Europe has had two hundred years to make the transition from the high fertility rates of rural life to the low fertility rates of the industrial world. Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, and Algeria are attempting it in twenty. The graying of the Muslim world in lapsed time, as it were, can have only tragic consequences.
The Muslim world is on the brink of the fastest population decline in recorded history. Academic demographers are stunned. “In most of the Islamic world it’s amazing, the decline in fertility that has happened,” Hania Zlotnik, head of the United Nations’ population research branch, told a 2009 conference.1
What’s happening around the world is happening in the United States as well. This is especially true among liberals. So let’s apply the unintended consequences of liberal abortion policies to liberalism as a movement. You may be familiar with the reductio ad absurdum (“reduction to the absurd”) whereby a proposition is disproved by following its implications logically to an absurd consequence.
The Bible presents a version of the reductio argument:
“Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
“Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes.” (Prov. 26:4–5)
While pro-abortion liberals are doing the environmentally friendly and politically correct thing by not having children and supporting abortion for others, conservatives with their large families will dominate the culture in a generation or two. At least one very liberal columnist has noticed the problem: “[F]or the past 30 years or so, conservatives — particularly those of the right-wing red-state Christian strain — have been out-breeding liberals by a margin of at least 20 percent, if not far more. . . . Libs just aren’t procreating like they could/should be.”2
In his book The Rise of Christianity, Rodney Stark comments “that Christian prohibition of abortion and infanticide contributed to the success of the new religion. ‘Christian and pagan subcultures must have differed greatly in their fertility rates,’ Stark argues, so that ‘a superior birthrate also contributed to the success of the early church.’”3
The push for abortion by the Obama administration may satisfy liberal sensibilities, but in the end, it will result in their demise. Let’s hope so.
That’s why they are pushing so hard to implement their destructive worldview before it is too late.
- David P. Goldman, How Civilizations Die (And Why Islam is Dying Too) (Washington, D.C.: Regnery, 2011), 1. [↩]
- Mark Morford, “When Liberals Rule the World: Stats say the GOP is dying. But red-staters are breeding like drunken ferrets. Who wins?,” SF Gate (March 28, 2007). [↩]
- Goldman, How Civilizations Die, 157. [↩]