In Africa, one child in every 20 will die of malaria before the age of 5. That comes out to 2,000 children every day. And this is all because of a very preventable and treatable disease. In 2008, our country promised to send 1 billion dollars every year to help to eradicate this scourge. In actuality, we have sent just over half that amount.
By contrast, our country has been able to send $716 million to Africa for “family planning.” Boxes of condoms arrive on a regular basis, along with contraceptives (including RU 486, the abortion drug.) Sometimes the people do not even know how to properly use these medications, and they are therefore misused. There was one case where a women almost died from an infected IUD that had been implanted without her knowledge.
I have dealt before in this blog with the whole area of the myth of overpopulation. From the evidence I have read, I believe that poverty does not result from too many people but, rather, from governmental systems that either don’t know how to properly distribute resources or will not do so. In many African countries an abundance of food sits rotting in storage because corrupt governments will not hand it out to those in need.
Malaria is primarily spread by infected mosquitos. It is my understanding that it had almost been wiped out by the early 1960′s through the use of the chemical DDT. However, at the same time, environmental concerns arose from the use of the spray. It was banned from use in the United States in 1972 and from world use in 2004. However, when malaria began to skyrocket, limited usage of DDT was allowed once again. (There are some who argue that DDT use would have saved millions of children world-wide and others who claim that DDT loses its effectiveness to kill mosquitos over time. I am not knowledgable enough to discern the truth in this matter. Fortunately, that is not the point of this blog.)
It seems to me that the left is always hypersensitive to respecting other cultures and their traditions except in the area of population control. For several decades now, we have been bombarded with the belief that our world was in danger from too many people and that emergency measures needed to be taken to stop the growth. Families with more than two children were frowned upon. (Good thing some of us are immune to frowns!) The message was: women all over the world better get on the pill or our planet is doomed!
Now, I believe that more than one thing can be true at the same time (thank you, Steve Peterson!) It is evident that too many children are being born to single mothers. I can find many statistics to back me up on that. Men and women born into fatherless families fill our prisons and tend to have a greater failure rate in school and finding jobs. However, that problem will not be solved by more contraceptives or abortions. The only cure (no matter how realistic it may seem) is to save sex for marriage and to raise children with a mother and a father.
Likewise, tossing condoms and hoisting more abortions upon the world will not solve poverty. The answers to solving that are complex and nearly impossible, unless we could somehow figure out a way to eradicate the world of evil and greed (and I am not talking about American capitalists- but that is a subject for someone else’s blog, not mine! However, for the record, I think capitalism has saved more people world-wide than all other economic systems combined.)
Getting back to the subject at hand, I think one very positive, life-saving thing our country can do right now is to take the funds being given to Planned Parenthood and others for spreading the deadly propaganda of “family planning,” and increase the money invested in solving the treatable condition of malaria. At www.pop.org, the Population Research Institute has some incredibly informative videos which make this very case. It will also open your eyes to the lies behind the myth of overpopulation.
The battleground for life spreads all over the world. Too often, death masquerades as an angel of life and spreads lies about “saving the planet”, when the aim is actually destruction of the innocent. Darkness must be revealed before we can fight it. Thank you, Population Research Institute, for bringing these things to the forefront!
Keeping it true! Barb