From Froma Harrop:
Another reason for the silence [about addressing population growth] is that population has gotten mixed up in the abortion issue. Some abortion foes insist that that Roe v. Wade has produced a sharp population decline. Of course, there isn’t a population decline. Population is surging, and even native-born Americans are replacing themselves. The United States is not Europe, where birth rates have fallen to troubling levels (and where, incidentally, the rates of abortion are far lower).
Huh? I’ve read pretty broadly on abortion, and I don’t believe that I’ve ever come across an abortion foe who made such a point. Does Harrop’s “‘population’ folder” date back to the ’70s or something?
I agree with her that “the thorny immigration debate” accounts for some of the reluctance to discuss population growth. I’d say there’s also an amply justified reluctance to start putting solutions such as one-child policies on the table. (I’ve always wondered, by the way, at Western feminists’ lack of right-to-choose ire at forced abortions in China.)