By Tom Quiner
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added a moth-like butterfly, the Poweshiek skipperling, as a candidate to the federal endangered species list.
You can be fined and potentially imprisoned if you kill this bug.
If you end the life of a boy or girl in a woman’s womb via abortion, you will not be fined. You will not be imprisoned. You may even get the abortion paid for by tax payers.
This is not a moral issue to a great many people. It should be, but unfortunately, it is not.
What the same people who turn a blind eye to abortion don’t realize is that abortion is also a grave economic issue, especially in a state like Iowa.
Why is it an economic issue, especially in Iowa? Because our population is one of the oldest in the country. Because our birth rate has fallen below replacement level. Because we need more taxpayers to pay for our government services and to take care of this aging population.
In 1980, Iowa’s population was a little bit more than 2.9 million. Today it is only 3 million. We have one of the slowest population growth rates in the country. About twenty percent of our population is 60 years of age or older. And the percentage is growing.
Iowa ranks 7th in terms of population sixty and older; 5th in terms of population sixty-five and older; 4th in terms of population 75 and older; and 3rd in terms of population 85 and older.
Iowa is one of 35 states with a birth rate below replacement level.
We need more new births, not less, to care for our aging population.
Iowa is going to shrivel up and die without more people. Aren’t our preborn people deserving of as much legal protection as a bug?