When asked about the level of violent disruption now going on in Haiti, one military man on NBC's Tuesday, January 19, 2010 Today Show said something like "Well, it's now at a lower level than before the quake." Today's 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.
Sans 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 "sorts"!
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 see Haiti!
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".
And as Steve Sailer so eloquently suggested in his superb January 17 VDARE.com piece, 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 traditional methods".
"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 Haitian women.
"Anyone got any better ideas?"
Mr. Sailer, you are really on the right track!
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 1905 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. Ah, Mexico, you are but one of many!
As for Depo Provera, which is being distributed by Population Services 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 QS: An 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.
Sort 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."
With the 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).
Our 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.