Al Gore and Kofi Annan want Africans to embrace “fertility management” programs like those of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion clinic, to keep population growth on the continent in check and fight global warming.
“In most of the world we’ve seen the effort to stabilize population by creating the conditions to allow people the freedom to choose… how many children they have,” former Vice President Gore said in an interview with Annan during the “24 Hours of Reality” program by the Climate Reality Project.
“Within only 35 years, Africa will have more people than China or India, and without changes, by the end of the century more than China and India combined,” Gore said. “But the answer is to educate girls, empower women, bring down child mortality rates and make fertility management techniques and technologies available for those who wish to use them.”
For Gore, rising populations in Africa means more fossil fuels and, thus, more global warming. Gore has suggested in the past that “fertility management” is key to sustainable development in poor countries.
Former United Nations Secretary-General Annan echoed Gore’s concerns that African population growth would cause huge ecological and political problems in a future ravaged by global warming. Anna’s solution: a Planned Parenthood-type program.
“To counter it we need to have serious education programs, we need to have plans for the women,” Annan said in his conversation with Gore. “I know Planned Parenthood got into some serious trouble with some politicians, but their program is the right one to help women control their own body and their own program of delivery.”
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion clinic in the U.S., and came under fire from Republican lawmakers after a series of videos leaked alleging the organization was profiting from the sale of fetal organs. The group vehemently denied the charges, but then ended the very fetal organ programs they said were perfectly legal.
“And I think if we are able to do that in Africa it will really help,” Annan said of programs to provide women with more birth control and abortion services.”
Since at least the 1960s, environmentalists have warned of a population “bomb” scenario when the world will no longer be able to support billions of human beings. The world is expected to have more than 9 billion people by 2075, with much of that growth coming from developing countries in Africa.
But the record of history so far has shown the alarmists were wrong about the dangers of population growth. For example, the United Nations estimates the number of hungry people in the world declined by 132 million between 1990-92 and 2010-12 — from 18.6 percent to 12.5 percent of the world’s population.
U.N. experts have called into question claims that limiting population growth will curb global warming. U.N. chief demographer John Wilmoth recently said that while there is “relatively little uncertainty” in population growth estimates over the next hundred years, there is “complete uncertainty” population will have little effect on carbon emissions.
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