The Left has long been infected by a dangerous desire to tell you how many children you’re allowed to have. Today, that urge takes shape in the tendency of progressives to blame “extra children” for all of our woes.
They particularly like to pin the supposedly devastating effects of climate change on families that dare to have more than a “reasonable” number of offspring. This charming argument cropped up again early yesterday morning in a tweet from progressive commentator Jill Filipovic:
Having children is one of the worst things you can do for the planet. Have one less and conserve resources. https://t.co/8oP2SlL8Gj
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) July 12, 2017
This mindset helps explain why global nonprofits have a laser-like focus on distributing copious amounts of contraception in Africa, under the guise of human rights. And it’s not just overseas. In the U.S., nearly 80 percent of all Planned Parenthood clinics are located within walking distance of black and Hispanic neighborhoods. In New York City, more black babies are aborted each year than are born alive.
Planned Parenthood supporters will be the first to tell you that their clinics provide contraception and abortion on demand to give minority women equal access to opportunity. But in reality, strains of Sanger’s original mission echo, just as Ehrlich’s refrain on limiting reproduction echoes in the comments of Filipovic and Macron.
If progressives continue to indulge this latest disturbing version of population-control rhetoric, they ought to confront the question: Who among us is less worthy of being alive?