In 1968, panic struck with Dr. Paul Ehrlich’s book "The Population Bomb." We felt we would surely all starve to death in an overcrowded world.

However, by the 21st century, we realized that the population “bomb” was due to the dramatic increase in life expectancy. Earth Report 200 stated: “World population increased, not because people were breeding like rabbits; but because they stopped dying like flies.”

To maintain population, a nation’s fertility rate must be at least 2.1 children per woman. All developed countries are presently well below that level. The fertility rate of the U.S. is 1.84; Europe, 1.5. Phillip Longman of the New America Foundation tells us: “Global fertility rates are half of what they were in 1972." (Abortion was legalized in 1973. Coincidence? Not entirely.)

Economic disaster is already happening in most European countries, Russia, Japan and Australia. Some have established monetary incentives to promote the birth rates. (So far, it hasn’t worked.)

In the U.S., we need enough workers to share the economic burden of providing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. There are presently 25 elders (65+) per 100 working-age adults (20-64). The future looks bleak. Predictors suggest there will be 49 elders per 100 workers by 2050. Carl Haub of the Population Reference Bureau states, “You can’t have a country where everybody lives in a nursing home."

Somehow our mentality has changed from children are blessings to children are burdens. We need more children, yet every single day we abort 4,000 more.

Sue Martensen, Loda 

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