By Susan LeDoux
St John the Evangelist Church in Greece, New York served as the venue on October 24, 2017 for Steven W. Mosher’s talk, “Are We Facing Overpopulation or a Demographic Winter?” Hosted by Rochester Area Right to Life, Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute (PRI), brought his background as an internationally recognized authority on China and population issues to assert that global overpopulation is a myth that drives governmental policies and creates the matrix for human rights abuses.
According to PRI’s website ( https://www.pop.org/), the “Population Research Institute is a non-profit research group whose goals are to expose the myth of overpopulation; to expose human rights abuses committed in population control programs, and to make the case that people are the world’s greatest resource. Our growing, global network of pro-life groups spans over 30 countries.”
In 1979, Mosher was a pro-choice, atheist expert in world population, and that may be why China welcomed Mosher, shared government documents, and allowed him to witness women being forced to have abortions under their “one-child policy.” Mosher found the experience so traumatic, he reconsidered his convictions and eventually became a pro-life Roman Catholic. Since then, he has testified before Congress as an expert in world population, China, and human rights abuses, and has spoken on television and radio. An author of books and numerous articles as well, his Population Research Institute uploaded to U Tube a series of short, informative videos titled “Overpopulation: the making of a myth.”
How and when did this myth take root? In 1798, Vicar Thomas Malthus observed that food production increased incrementally, but human population increased exponentially. Malthus concluded that soon there would not be enough food to feed the growing population. His solution was not to feed the hungry, but to let them starve, lest the family suffer in the future. This became the royal policy in England that, Mosher maintained, continues to kill people today.
In China, a woman must have a government-issued permit to conceive a child, or the government will coerce her into having an abortion and sterilization. Non-compliant couples may lose their jobs, home, or even freedom, in “family planning jails.” If an “illegal” child escapes the abortionist, this so-called “black” child is treated as an illegal alien and denied access to public schools and medical care.
In Mosher’s book, A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight Against China’s One-Child Policy, he wrote about a Chinese woman whose job was to implement China’s one-child policy — until she became pregnant with an “illegal” child herself. Turning to Population Research Institute for help, she fled to the United States, where she had her child, and came to faith in Christ.
The situation begs the questions Mosher raised about the political consequences of accepting the overpopulation myth.
“What will happen when there are not enough workers for the massive industry in China? They will probably then force women to have children.” Mosher concluded. He remarked that China, instead, has an “over government” problem.
Even the idea to replace ourselves only with 2.1 children would result in de-population rather than stabilization because of the death toll from unavoidable events like wars and plagues. Currently, native European populations are decreasing compared to rising numbers of immigrants, with Muslim families having three children on average.
“It doesn’t take much to change a population over time,” Mosher said and added that in Japan adult diaper sales eclipse those for infants. Rising population numbers in a nation may be due to the growing elderly segment, rather than the number of births.
Pessimists point to poverty, poor living conditions, and food scarcity as outcomes of overpopulation. Mosher responded that, especially with technology, there is enough food to feed everyone; he blamed hunger on poor access to food.
“In 1960-62 China had the worst famine in the world,” Mosher said. “Chairman Mau forced villagers into communes, and took away family owned land. He separated men and women, and put children in nurseries. Loss of family structure and family farms resulted in decreased food production. He sent the army into villages to grab food away from the people, (thus) wiping out villages. Forty-five million people died in this famine. There was no reason for starving, except for interference with food production and distribution.”
Mosher rejected the connection between overpopulation and global warming because, as the earth warms, frozen areas will become green and available for farming. He concluded that the myth that we are running out of food and water is no excuse for population control through government rules, abortions, or sterilization.
“God has, and always will, provide for people,” he said.
The Question and Answer session highlighted interesting concerns.
Is there a preference for males over females? Mosher said the result of this preference in China is 120 boys for 100 girls. Girls are aborted, killed at birth, or neglected.
“Consequently, there are 30 million men who won’t be able to be married (and will lack the civilizing influence of wives) so (there will be) increased crime, gang activity, brotherhood of the army, and increased prostitution,” he explained. Women, with less status, are treated like a commodity, sold, and forced into sex trafficking.
Additionally, PRI countered the errors of the Gates Foundation, and this helped cut off money to the UN population fund that supported China’s policy. He is hopeful Planned Parenthood will likewise lose funding with more pro-life people now in all areas of government.
“Unless we encourage marriage and childbearing, we have a poor future. The tax plan being considered increases the child tax credit from $1000 per child to $2500. We need more people to preserve Social Security, decrease the national debt and (promote) economic growth 4% to 5%.”
To counter the overpopulation lies, Mosher said we must remove this myth, embedded in school textbooks since 1972, and replace it with the facts. Share the U Tube link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZVOU5bfHrM), read books, and have discussions.