The Birth Dearth and Toys R Us

March 22, 2018 09:00 AM
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By Jim Sedlak

Since its beginning 100 years ago, Planned Parenthood has pushed the need to reduce births and control the world’s supposed overpopulation problem.

Despite growing confirmation that the world does not now—and never has had—an overpopulation problem, Planned Parenthood insists that the problem is real and that more of its products are needed to “correct” it.

This week, as the Toys R Us store chain announced that it would soon go out of business and close all of its stores in the United States, the topic of birth rates and how those rates affect businesses gained popularity.

Let’s be clear. I do not think that low birth rates is the major cause of Toys R Us’ failure. Many other factors come into play, including competition from Amazon, Walmart, and other retail establishments. Toys R Us itself listed over 20 factors when it issued its financial report in January 2017. Only one of them was “birth rates.”

Many media sources are scoffing at the idea that birth rates had anything to do with Toys R Us’ demise, but these entities simply have no idea of the population nightmare that has been brewing in the world for decades. Almost 20 years ago, in the June 1, 1999, issue of the Wednesday STOPP Report, we included a story about the seriousness of this problem—a problem recognized by one of the brightest business management stars of the 20th century, Peter F. Drucker.

In that article, we wrote:

Drucker recently released Management Challenges for the 21st Century, his 31st book. This seems like an unlikely book for pro-lifers to be able to use to support their fight, but it is just because of this fact that the book is so valuable.

In the book, Drucker is telling the management of corporations what issues they must deal with as we move into the next century. Drucker states in the introduction: "This is not a book of predictions, not a book about the future. The challenges and issues discussed in it are already with us in every one of the developed countries and in most of the emerging ones. They can already be identified, discussed, analyzed and prescribed for. Some people, someplace are already working on them. But so far, very few organizations do, and very few executives. Those who do work on these challenges today, and thus prepare themselves and their institutions for the new challenges, will be the leaders and dominate tomorrow. Those who wait until these challenges have indeed become 'hot' issues are likely to fall behind, perhaps never to recover." We are not going to discuss all of the challenges that Drucker identifies. You may get a copy of his book to do that. But we will tell you the number one challenge he identified. In fact, let's give you that challenge in Drucker's own words:

"The most important single new certainty—if only because there is no precedent for it in all of history—is the collapsing birthrate in the developed world." (Emphasis added)

In 1999, we noted that Drucker outlined the problems in seven pages at the beginning of his book and then carried the thread throughout his work. He described how Japan and all of Southern Europe are "drifting toward collective national suicide by the end of the 21st century." Drucker cited statistics to back up his contention and then observed that the United States is not far behind the other dying nations. He gave us another 20-25 years and then pointed out that our population will begin to seriously decline.

Drucker wrote his book in 1999. He gave us 20 to 25 years. It’s now 19 years later. Hello! Is anyone listening?

In November 2016, Visual Capitalist published an article entitled Fertility Rates Keep Dropping, and It’s Going to Hit the Economy Hard by Caitlin Cheadle, a content strategist at Visual Capitalist. As the title indicates, the article is a recognition of major economic problems caused by the declining birth rate and a prediction that things will get worse. According to the article, “In developed nations the introduction of commercially available birth control has played a large role, but this also coincided with several major societal shifts. Changing religious values, the emancipation of women and their increasing participation in the workforce, and higher costs of childcare and education have all factored into declining fertility rates.” (Author’s note: The term “birth control” generally includes sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion, while “fertility rate” means birth rate.)

Cheadle’s article focuses on one part of the problem caused by low birth rates—an aging population with an inverted population pyramid. This results in too few children and “too many” old people. But it never addresses the root cause, and that, I submit, is what all the readers of this article must recognize and correct.

To put it succinctly, married couples today are not having enough children.

As I see it, there are two main causes of this situation. First, young people growing up are not taught the intrinsic value of every unique human being and of large, stable families. Our educational systems are simply not inculcating moral values in our children. As a society, we seem to do back flips to be as tolerant as we can of every variation of action and wind up with no standards and no norms. While this may be attractive to some for short-term enjoyment, it does not lead to a society with the capability of sustaining itself for hundreds or thousands of years.

The second major problem is that we have organizations and individuals in our society that sell death and bring about the destruction of individuals and families. Not only are these organizations tolerated, but they are encouraged and receive funding from society as a whole to continue doing their destructive work. I’m talking here, of course, about organizations like Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes International, or Family Planning Associates. These death peddlers operate with government sanction and are brazen in their butchery.

The solution is clear. We must teach our young people the value of every human being, the rewards of a quiver full of children, and the benefits of a society grounded in marriage and families. Then, we must get rid of Planned Parenthood and the other death peddlers.

If none of this stirs you and if you don’t see the problems predicted by Drucker and even by Pope Paul VI in his prophetic Humanae Vitae, there are other organizations that will be willing to offer you the final solution. Groups like the Hemlock Society, Death with Dignity, Compassion and Choices, and the Final Exit Network are just waiting for you to get older.

Perhaps, in a few years, there will be a new organization—Death R Us.

Jim Sedlak is executive director of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a talk program on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.

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