Former Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore’s latest offense to reason and human rights involves an attempt to wrap population control, supposedly needed to change the climate and save the planet, in the language of women’s empowerment.
As The Hill reports, Gore speaks as if the ongoing Arizona wildfires and flooding along the Mississippi are obviously a result of “climate change,” which is, of course, caused by human beings.
How can one argue against such “logic?” In the world of Al Gore, no argument is needed to support such a radically unsupportable claim: It simply must be true.
Anyone who has followed Gore’s own emissions over the last several years can guess what follows: the way to save the world from these and other catastrophes is to adopt the Left’s program of tax increases, wealth redistribution and population control. Because, as anyone can readily discern, it is not only wealthy Republicans who are killing the world, it is the poor of Africa, Asia and South America; and their incessant eating and breathing must be brought under control.
But how can this be done? The Daily Caller’s Jeff Poor highlights Gore’s comments:
“One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women,” Gore said. “You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children have, the spacing of the children.
“You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important — you have to educate girls and empower women,” he said. “And that’s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.”
Did you get that? We must “empower women” so that they will stop having children. Indeed, “You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management [read: contraception and abortion],” and only then can women really “choose how many children to have….”
Gore’s idea of empowering women is to have them submit to his agenda. I’m sure the women in the poorest parts of China feel especially empowered. Such is the mindset of environmentalists who has either no awareness of, or no problem with, the increasing documentation on the environmental devastation caused by hormonal contraceptives, or the widely acknowledged deadly side effects of the same. After all, what the world needs are fewer people.
This “empowerment” campaign is well underway in the developing world. In the Philippines, Ethiopia and all over the world, USAID, UNFPA, and other huge and well funded governmental and non-governmental agencies are moving beyond mere “incentivizing” of women to stop having children towards incentivizing their corrupt governments to mandate population control in law.
The predictions of Humanae Vitae, in this case, the “coercive use of reproductive technologies by governments,” are sadly proving to be more prophetic every day.