by Steven Ertelt
April 3, 2008
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Ted Turner, the eccentric pro-abortion billionaire and founder of CNN, wants more global population control. He believes the world’s population is getting out of hand and that it will result in environmental problems — and his solution is to ask people to voluntarily limit themselves to two children.
His comments came during an interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose that aired Tuesday.
"We’re too many people; that’s why we have global warming," he said. "Too many people are using too much stuff."
Turner suggested that "on a voluntary basis, everybody in the world’s got to pledge to themselves that one or two children is it."
Should the world not cave in to his demands, he worries global catastrophe will ensue.
"Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals," said Turner. "Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state — like Somalia or Sudan — and living conditions will be intolerable."
Turner’s call for a limit on the number of children reminds many of the one-child family planning policy in China that has resulted in serious human rights abuses for violators.
Those who run afoul of the population control policy have been killed, assaulted, imprisoned and become victims of forced abortions and sterilizations occurring as late as days before birth.
Despite Turner’s claims, research shows many areas of the world, including Europe, Japan and nations like Canada and the United States, suffer from underpopulation.
European nations are seeing births at below replacement rate, abortion has decimated the population of Russia and nations like Japan may be unable to support an aging population.
Several organizations, including the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, World Congress of Families, and the Latin American Alliance for the Family have unveiled a new film called "Demographic Winter" that profiles the underpopulation problems.
"Worldwide, birthrates have declined by 50% in the past half-century," the groups say. "There are now 59 nations, with 44% of the world’s population, with below replacement birthrates."
A birthrate of 2.1 is needed to replace current population, but the European Union has a birthrate of just 1.3. By 2030, the group’s estimate, Europe is expected to have a shortfall of 20 million workers.
Meanwhile, in Russia, where abortion has been used for decades as a method of birth control, the nation is expected to lose one-third of its current population by 2050.
"In nations with declining populations, who will operate the factories and farms?" the groups said. "Who will guard the frontiers? With a graying population (a declining birthrate combined with growing longevity), who will support pension systems and otherwise care for the elderly?"
Related web sites:
Demographic Winter – https://www.demographicwinter.com