When asked about the level of
violent disruption now going on in Haiti, one
military man on NBC`s Tuesday, January 19, 2010
said something like
now at a lower level than before the quake."
Matt Lauer then reported that the estimated death
toll could reach 200,000.
Then another 6.1 quake early Wednesday,
January 20th. A
hard way to reduce violence, eh?
Haiti, long a nearly-failed state, will likely fall
even lower toward that unenviable condition. Lots of
other countries around the world are in the same pickle.
Is Yemen one? Is Afghanistan one? Is North Korea
one? Will Pakistan become one?
Take your pick.
earthquakes, many countries around the world are moving
toward disasters based on the huge growth of their
populations and the mindlessness of their leaders. They
either ignore the urgent need for more family planning,
or are even pro-natalist leaders, like some my wife and
I met on our trip to Africa this past year, wanting more
people so their
"sort" can be equal in numbers to other
Traveling around the world for over
40 years, I have personally seen this rumbling tsunami
tidal wave of humans rising against resource
limitations. It gets worse daily.
This grisly Haitian situation
epitomizes the kind of future that many, including me,
have been predicting for years—unless we empower women
and give them the means to regulate their fertility.
53 Haitian youngsters are being
given new families in
Pittsburgh, PA. Bet you that they will never again
A friend emailed me on January 19th:
"I just saw that
the Red Cross has air lifted 2000 Haitians into Orlando
and is planning to bring
45,000 more to Florida with Obama`s support".
Sailer so eloquently suggested in his superb January
Why Haiti Is So Hopeless; And A Very Modest Proposal.
He ends his perceptive piece by saying,
"But today, it`s hard to find much on Google about Haiti and
contraceptives. According to a 2001 World Health
Organization report: "Among sexually active women, 13%
used a modern method of contraception and 4% relied on
“And the other 83 percent?
“It appears that Haitian women now wisely want to reduce the number of
children they have—Haiti`s total fertility rate is said
to be down to 3.8 babies per lifetime, the same as Saudi
Arabia`s. But Haitians need to bring their fertility
down to European below-replacement rates for a couple of
generations to allow the land to recover—and the people,
hopefully, improve their "human capital".
“Let`s make long lasting Depo Provera contraceptive injections free to
“Anyone got any better ideas?"
Mr. Sailer, you are really on the
Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome
burned! Our own leaders have been building up our
killing machines for the profit of today`s
Andrew Undershafts (Major Barbara`s father in GBS`s
immortal play, who made a huge fortune from selling
munitions), while missing the true Trojan Horse of
massive immigration into the West.
The unmet birth control needs of
most of the world`s women in poor, underdeveloped
countries has directly led to the massive migration of
persons whose countries can no longer support them.
Mexico, you are but one of many!
for Depo Provera, which is being distributed by
International (PSI) in Haiti (my wife is a member of
the board of directors), it is an effective method of
birth control. But it only lasts for 3 months and must
be renewed by injection at that point. In a place where
medical services are scarce, more permanent long-term
methods are required.
My colleagues and I have been
working to gain approval for one such long-term method
for many years. It is called
Inexpensive, Easily Administered Contraceptive Option
for Women. It has yet to be approved by FDA, but
certainly would be useful.
QS (the quinacrine method of
non-surgical permanent contraception for women) is one
family planning option currently under study that shows
great potential. It offers the advantages of being
discreet, easily administered and inexpensive, and can
it be used in many settings by healthcare providers
capable of performing IUD insertions.
The amount of money now spent
worldwide on reproductive services and maternal and
child health is a joke—under $1 billion, compared to
what we is spent on armaments. (Our Congress just passed
a $626 billion annual defense budget).
Another great need is for emergency
contraceptives (EC) which FDA has already determined are
safe, effective and yet which were, when I last looked,
prohibited at Wal-Mart Pharmacies. EC, like other
contraceptives, prevents pregnancy.
Unlike other contraceptives, EC
only works within 72-hours AFTER sexual
intercourse—after a condom breaks, or a birth control
pill is forgotten. About half of all unintended
pregnancies occur because of some type of contraceptive
failure. It could happen to anyone who is sexually
active. In 2000, there were an estimated 3 million
unintended pregnancies and 800,000 abortions in the
United States. And we are a developed country, not (yet)
a failed state.
of makes the UN Population Fund`s hope seem dim:
"All couples and individuals have the right to decide
freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their
children and to have access to the information and means
to do so."
election of Scott Brown on Tuesday,
Obamacare is at serious if not terminal risk. But if
passed it will surely not include paying for
contraceptive services for women (although Viagra and
Cialis will likely get covered for men).
immigration invasion, alarmingly ignored by our own
leaders as they grapple ineffectively with our
comparatively minor problems, stands only to worsen.
Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.