By Tom Quiner
A big road project was held up near us a few years ago because of a bug or a rodent.
I forget which, but it was on the endangered species list. Its tiny, tiny eggs or preborn rodents, whichever they were, were protected by law.
A million dollar “impact” study had to be conducted to see if the planned location of the road would work without hurting the critters. After months of delay, they were able to figure out how to carry off the project while co-existing with a few endangered species.
Interestingly, only seven states have birthrates ABOVE replacement, as you can see in the accompanying map [SOURCE: National Vital Statistics Reports]. The replacement birthrate is 2.1 per woman; in the U.S., our rate has dropped to 1.9.
We have a problem. Without immigration, we’re dying. Demographic stagnation is the kiss of death to an economy and to lavish government entitlement programs. Someone has to pay for them, and in this country, it is the next generation who is made to pick up the tab for these underfunded, over-promised programs.
This leads to the meme above. In the face of a looming demographic crisis, why do we protect the lives of bugs, rodents, and other endangered species, and not the human being in the womb, when our country is in such desperate need of the human fetus?