Free contraception=end of civilisation

I’m still amazed by the excellent news that birth control may become free (to the insured) in the US! Others are fearful, though:

“Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That’s not— that’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization.”

10 thoughts on “Free contraception=end of civilisation

  1. Congratulations on this! Just some reassurance for the fearful: I’m from Canada where birth control is already covered and so is abortion, and we’re still makin’ babies all over the place. There’s a strong drive to reproduce, and the socialization of young girls to want to be mommies isn’t going anywhere soon – for better or for worse. But we don’t have to have families of eight or ten kids who can’t be fed or housed adequately. How is that NOT constructive to our civilization?

    The other part of that article that gets me is this:

    “We have people that are single, we have people that are past reproductive age, we have priests that are celibate. All of them, paying insurance premiums that cover contraceptives so that somebody else doesn’t have to pay the full fare of that?”

    Yes, and we have people who don’t go to school that pay taxes that go towards education, and people who never go to a hospital that are helping pay for those who do.

    I really don’t understand the anti-socialism of the U.S. Helping others in need helps everyone by having a healthier, more educated society, now with fewer unwanted children!

  2. This is good. We are already overpopulating as it is. More and more people are having 3-6 kids than just one or two, mostly unplanned, which is what is scary. It’s been out of control so I think this will help balance birth rate. However, nothing is 100% and there are still so many people on contraception that are using it incorrectly and irresponsibly so there will still unfortunately be unplanned pregnancies.

  3. These are exciting times to be alive, what with the free birth control bringing on the end times as well as all loss of restraint and responsibility!

  4. Marie: “But we don’t have to have families of eight or ten kids who can’t be fed or housed adequately. How is that NOT constructive to our civilization?”

    you hit the nail on the head!

  5. Actually what Mr King is afraid of is that the birth rate for “white people” will go down below “replacement”, and that the dominance of civilization by white people will be lost. Otherwise he is just as afraid of the “swarm” of brown people overpopulating the world as Lester Brown. I personally don’t understand the usefulness of fussing about over and under population, because how are you going to force people to have babies if they don’t want them? And more importantly how are you going to stop people from having babies if they do want them? Aside from just killing them, I mean.

  6. Pragmatic Realist: it’s true that you can’t force people to have (more) children or to not reproduce at all (thanks Goodness!), but that doesn’t mean that policy making has no influence at all. Some social scientists are specialised in finding out the determinants of fertility. For example, if you look at differences in fertility rates in Europe, we notice that the financial support for parenthood and children, and the provisioning of high-quality child care, the possibilities for women to combine having a family with having a job, and the availability of parental leaves, DO make a difference to the fertility rate. There are plenty of determinants that are beyond the control of policy makers/politicians/the design of social institutions, but there is some influence of our collective (political) decisions on reproduction. Just as most (possible) all our other behaviour is to some extent influences by social institutions, policies, etc.

  7. I was thinking about here in the United States where social policy making is in a much more primitive state and getting worse day by day. We can barely manage policies to have a few police and the streets and keep the bridges from falling down, nothing that would actually encourage anyone to have enough hope in the future to have intentionally have a baby.

    “You’ve thrown the worst fear
    That can ever be hurled
    Fear to bring children
    Into the world
    For threatening my baby
    Unborn and unnamed
    You ain’t worth the blood
    That runs in your veins.”

    from “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan (1963)

  8. Well, I say it’s about time! Let’s stop reproducing and enjoy our last 70 years or so as a species in quiet contemplation. :) Give the planet a break.

    And @Marie…Um, what part of Canada are you in where birth control is covered? OHIP doesn’t pay for it. I’m pretty sure abortion is, but I think they’re trying to make changes (hooray for the freakin’ PCs…).

    As a taxpayer, paying for birth control (approx $30 OTC) beats the hell out of paying for welfare (approx $1000 per month)….But that’s just me.

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