Thursday, March 14, 2019 -
“In the multitude of people is a king’s glory, but in the dearth of people is a prince’s ruin” (Proverbs 14:28). Despite the hundreds of times I’ve read this verse, it never occurred to me the potent truth it brings to the modern abortion debate. I, and probably you, need no other reason to oppose abortion than biblical morality and the sixth commandment (Deuteronomy 5:17). The Scriptures confirming that life begins at conception need not be repeated here, as they are commonly provided in nearly every pro-life essay or debate. This verse in Proverbs, however, deals with the economic principle of demographics, and the fact that a growing population is needed to sustain a growing economy.
In this regard, the economic future of Japan and Russia look particularly bleak, because of their rapidly aging demographic due to pathetically low birth rates. Europe and North America are not that far behind, with our birth rates now rapidly declining. The superb documentary film, Demographic Winter, excellently made this case a number of years ago, and every American should watch it!
The problem with an aging population, particularly in modern times, is exasperated by our entitlement programs for the aged, like Medicare and Social Security. There are too few of working age to support these programs and the ever-expanding role of government, and hence a low birth rate must be compensated by opening the doors to more immigrants. So the death of a nation’s population has a significant impact on its ability to grow its economy. Right now, the United States also has a tremendous lack of workers in many industries and fields – including healthcare (driving up costs) and lower-paying jobs.
This is the exact reason Western Europe has opened wide its doors to immigrants, primarily from the Middle East, in recent years. Not only do Muslim immigrants provide needed workers, but the average Muslim family has eight children. The downside for Europe is that by 2050 or sooner, it will become predominantly Muslim! But that’s a discussion for another day.
Chelsea Clinton recently made a speech claiming that the 60 million abortions in the United States have added 3.5 billion to the economy because that’s her estimate of how many women were subsequently able to re-enter the labor force once they killed their children. Yet she ignores the fact that those 60 million children would have grown up to contribute nearly 20 trillion to the U.S. economy! As of April 2018, the national debt was $15.3 trillion. Not only that, but there is no telling who has been slaughtered at the hand of the abortion butchers – perhaps the one who would have discovered the cure for cancer, or some unfathomable invention our minds have yet to comprehend.
Indeed, it is also sobering to think so many of us could have been aborted. Even Oprah Winfrey, after spending several days with her mother on her death bed trying to find a way to say what she felt she needed to tell her, contemplated the likelihood of being aborted. She explained in an interview that she said, “Thank you. Thank you for choosing life, because I know it’s been hard for you as a young girl having a baby, in Mississippi. No education. No training. No skills. Seventeen, you get pregnant with this baby. Lots of people would have told you to give that baby away. You didn’t do that. I know that was hard. I want you to know that no matter what, I know that you always did the best you knew how to do. And look how it turned out.”
Consider their scientific facts: At conception, a new individual receives 23 chromosomes from each person, making the child a unique, individual human being, never to be repeated. 18 days from conception, the heart begins to beat with the baby’s own blood. 28 days from conception, muscles are developing along the future spine. Arms and legs begin to grow. And at 30 days, a child has grown 10,000 times. The brain has human proportions, and blood flows through the veins.
And we wonder why it seems God may have withdrawn His blessings from our nation! Yet as Proverbs tells us, there are also severe economic implications for killing off our population. For Solomon said, “The dearth of people is its prince’s ruin.”