Last Wednesday was the United Nation’s World Population Day. Predictably the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) marked it by calling for more funds for family planning. Wednesday also was the closing day of a London Summit organized by the British government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together with UNFPA and other partners.
Participants at the summit committed themselves to provide $4.6 billion in funding for family planning in the coming years, according to a UNFPA press release. “Contraceptives are one of the best investments a country can make in its future,” the Web site for the London Summit affirmed.
However, according to Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, fertility rates are falling off a cliff and that “the world faces a new reality of demographic winter.” In this article, Fr. John Flynn points out the misleading side to this push for population control.