SEATTLE ChurchMilitant.com) - The world is undergoing a fertility crash — and secular sources are pointing to contraception as its catalyst.
A new report published last week in the medical journal The Lancet shows fertility rates around the world plummeting, aged populations increasing and fertility declining everywhere except for southern Africa.
The study finds many countries are maintaining dangerous fertility rates that are under replacement levels.
"Findings ... suggest a shifting age structure in many parts of the world, with 2.37 billion individuals older than 65 years and 1.70 billion individuals younger than 20 years, forecasted globally in 2100," researchers stated. "By 2050, 151 countries were forecasted to have a (fertility rate) lower than the replacement level."
The researchers warn that the world is ill-prepared for the global crash owing to fewer children being born, which is set to have a "jaw-dropping" impact on societies.
The study, conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics at the University of Washington and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is scientific in its research but ideological in its conclusions.
Interpreting the data, the researchers look into the future: "Our findings suggest that continued trends in female educational attainment and access to contraception will hasten declines in fertility and slow population growth." They conclude that the trend could have serious social and economic consequences.
The report uses "reproductive health" as a euphemism for contraception and abortion: "Policy options to adapt to continued low fertility, while sustaining and enhancing female reproductive health, will be crucial in the years to come," according to the report.
Fertility decline has occurred rapidly in the Western world, coinciding with the invention of the birth control pill. In 1950, women were having an average of 4.7 children in their lifetime. The current study, however, shows the global fertility rate nearly halved to 2.4 in 2017 — and projects it will fall below 1.7 by 2100. The so-called zero-replacement that's necessary to maintain a given population, however, is 2.1 children per woman.
Populations in 23 countries, including Japan, Spain and Italy, are forecast to decline by more than half before this century runs out. Another 34 countries, including China, will see a drop of more than 25%, according to experts.
The recent study points to an oncoming demographic imbalance across the world. By the year 2100, those over 80 are set to outnumber those under five by a ratio of 2-to-1. This marks a significant shift in the working-age population.
The negative consequences of an inverted age structure is what worries Professor Christopher Murray, one of the researchers on the project.
"It will create enormous social change. It makes me worried because I have an 8-year-old daughter, and I wonder what the world will be like," Murray said.
In 1968, Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb incited a worldwide fear of overpopulation. None of his dire predictions were ever realized. Twelve years ago, distinguished scholars from various disciplines produced videos countering the presumed narrative of a population explosion born out of Ehrlich's best seller.
A documentary titled Demographic Winter: The Decline of the Human Family offers a sobering look at the depopulation crisis in the world and warned of much the same things present in the report. Its sequel, The New Economic Reality: Demographic Winter Part 2, was released in 2016. The decline, they argue, is caused largely by the breakdown and disruptions to the family unit.
In 2009, The Demographic Bomb: Demography and Destiny was produced, uncovering how population control programs, organizations, institutions, governments and the United Nations manipulated and coerced people around the world.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has on its website an article titled "The Myth of Overpopulation and the Folks Who Brought it to You" by Austin Ruse, a journalist, author and president of the Center for Family and Human Rights or C-FAM. In his article, Ruse presents an in-depth look at the fallacies and ramifications of so-called overpopulation as well as those who've pushed this false narrative onto the world.