by Ben Johnson
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA, March 29, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – TLC reality star Michelle Duggar has often been excoriated by environmentalist activists for having 19 children and contributing to what they say is the world’s “overpopulation” problem. But the fecund mother and star of the reality show 19 Kids and Counting, told CBN News recently that she believes overpopulation “is a lie.”
The journalist for the Christian news network read an e-mail from a “friend,” which read:
I’ve always wanted to ask the Duggars what kind of environmental impact this super-large family is having on the world. The question of overpopulation might be a controversial subject, but there are a lot of people out there who find the amount of children they have to be too many, and more than the average of two kids per family.
The Duggar family
“Oh wow,” Duggar responded. “The idea of overpopulation is not accurate because, really, the entire population of the world, if they were stood shoulder to shoulder, could fit in the city limits of Jacksonville,” she continued. “We’re not anywhere near being overpopulated.”
Duggar said that despite her family’s unusual size, they minimize their environmental impact by buying used and second-hand items headed for the scrap heap.
But ultimately, an abundance of babies causes her little concern. “I agree with Mother Teresa when she said, ‘To say that there are too many children is like saying there are too many flowers.’”
Duggar said she prays for and raises her children to be a force for good in society. “They’re going to go out into the world and they’re going to be the ones making a difference,” she said. “And they’re probably going to be the ones that are going to be paying for the Social Security and helping others in the long run.”
Ironically, experts say that underpopulation may be a more immediate threat to many nations, especially in Europe and the developed West. “We’ve had other countries coming to our doorstep asking us to please let their people know that they need to have more children, because their death rates are outnumbering their births rates, and they’re in crisis,” Duggar told CBN. “They don’t have people of marrying age for their youth now.”
Meanwhile the Chinese media have reported, due to sex-selective abortion, 20 million men will be unable to find wives by 2020.
“I think we’re so deceived when we believe” in overpopulation, Duggar stated.
Despite a dearth of evidence, the impending threat of overpopulation continues to exercise a hold over high-ranking officials in the United States and around the world. A new report states, despite policies that forbid the promotion of abortion or sterilization, the European Union has illegally paid abortion providers $30 million in taxpayer funds. Many of these expenditures were done in the name of “development.”
“If we look at economic development in so-called third-world countries, we see that very often the contrary is the case: a growing population leads to economic development. Development policies have to combat poverty, not the poor,” Sophia Kuby, executive director of European Dignity Watch, told LifeSiteNews.com.
Kuby said the funding of abortion in the name of economic progress is inspired by “a Malthusian thinking that says: The world will face unbearable overpopulation and the highest priority – a priority that even trumps the most fundamental right to life – is to reduce population in developing countries.”
The Obama administration’s Science Czar, John Holdren, described himself as “firmly in the neo-Malthusian camp” in his 1977 book Ecoscience, which proposed limiting the world’s population through drastic measures, including “compulsory abortion” for American women, if necessary.
Duggar told CBN instead of culling excess population, “we need to focus on loving people and trying to reach out and make a difference for good in our world.”