ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Virginia-based group known as “Negative Population Growth” (NPG), which seeks to combat “overpopulation” in the U.S. and abroad, recently released a report expressing why it opposes the Trump administration’s desire to repeal Obamacare and defund the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood.
“If the U.S. is to be an international leader on the critical issue of overpopulation, our nation must set an example of population restraint and women’s rights here at home,” it wrote in its report entitled “Resurgent Pro-Natalism in the Trump Administration.”
NPG said that the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood are necessary in order to keep fertility rates under control, and that birth rates will increase among low-income women if they can’t obtain contraceptives by these means.
“Sadly, neither GOP leaders nor their Democratic counterparts have so far shown real consideration for what these measures could mean for U.S. fertility rates—and the macro-population implications could be significant,” it asserted.
“Among low-income women (who rely on Medicaid, subsidies through the ACA or Planned Parenthood for their contraceptive services) increases to fertility rates could be disproportionately high,” NPG said.
The group additionally expressed concern about the Trump administration’s decision to restore the Mexico City Policy—which bans taxpayer funds from being used for overseas abortions or sterilization—and to pull out of any participation in the U.N. Population Fund.
“While NPG’s main focus has been U.S. population growth, we also have a strong history of research and advocacy on world population restraint and ultimate reduction. Therefore, there are significant concerns regarding the Trump Administration’s pronatalist foreign aid policies and their population implications,” it wrote.
“Our leaders must consider dispassionately the long-term impacts of these actions on current high fertility rates, overpopulation, and the resulting destabilization in key third world regions that would boost future refugee and immigration flows into the U.S.,” NPG asserted.
Noting that a child is born approximately every eight seconds in America, the group contended that there is an “urgent need” to stop and even reverse population growth in the nation and around the world, as it believes that [t]here are only negative long-term impacts of an increased TFR (total fertility rate)—and resulting population growth—on our nation’s environment, economy, natural resources, and quality of life.”
“The Trump Administration’s desire to see both freedom of reproductive choice and federal funding for contraception eliminated must become secondary to the urgent need to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. and world population growth,” the report concluded. “If birth rates increase as a result of our domestic or foreign policies, then our population will begin to grow even more rapidly—leading to even further environmental and economic difficulties.”
However, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., told reporters that she found the report to be horrifying—not only because of its expression of support for Planned Parenthood, but its view of the organization as a means of population control.
“It is deeply disturbing to see Planned Parenthood’s closest allies encouraging a blatant disregard for human life by advocating to expand abortion as means of population control, and I am shaken to my core,” she said.
“It should come as no surprise that an organization like Planned Parenthood would keep friends like these rogue environmentalist groups, and it is up to us to reach hearts and minds with the truth about Planned Parenthood.”
As previously reported, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, who was a staunch advocate of eugenics, made a correlation between birth control and the purification of the races, referring to those with disabilities as being “morons,” “idiots” and “imbeciles.”
“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives,” she wrote in “Woman and the New Race.” “If we are to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede motherhood in every individual woman.”
“The emergency problem of segregation and sterilization must be faced immediately,” Sanger also contended in her publication “The Pivot of Civilization.” “Every feeble-minded girl or woman of the hereditary type, especially of the moron class, should be segregated during the reproductive period. Otherwise, she is almost certain to bear imbecile children, who in turn are just as certain to breed other defectives.”