Group Celebrates ''Y6B''; Calls for End to Population Control

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

Washington, D.C. ( - Claiming that "now is the time to stop this demographic locomotive that is going downhill," Population Research Institute president Steven Mosher called for an end to population control measures last week.

Speaking at a press conference called to mark the birth of the world's six billionth person - expected to occur on Tuesday and dubbed the "Y6B" - Mosher had harsh words for international population control programs funded by the U.S. and the UN, saying that an artificially low birth rate will hamper developing nations.

"In the broad scope of history, as population has increased, so has prosperity," said Mosher. "World population is twice what it was in 1960, but per capita income has also doubled."

"Wherever that child is born, whomever he or she is, whatever his or her race, religion, ethnic group, or culture, we welcome that birth as a blessing, not a burden," added Mosher.

By the year 2100, according to Mosher, world population will have stabilized around 7-8 billion people, but per capita income will have increased six-fold to around $30,000.

Mary Ann Kreitzer, head of the women's group Les Femmes des Verite, also spoke at the conference, quoting Mother Teresa in saying that "while each child has a mouth, he or she also has two hands. . . . These children are the doctors, inventors, and producers of the future."

The birth of the world's six billionth child has sparked a sometimes rancorous debate on the world's capacity to deal with rising population.

World population growth will result in "increasing pressure on the planet due to wasteful and unbalanced consumption patterns and growing numbers of people, raising demand for food and water [while] global warming [will] result in possible changes such as sea level rise [and] increased storms and floods [that] could affect billions of people," said Dr. Nafis Sadik, head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in releasing the agency's recent report, The State of World Population 1999.

Sadik also cited the UN's 1994 Cairo conference on population "Programme of Action," which called for universal access to reproductive health services including family planning, along with stepped-up efforts to "reduce gender inequality, eliminate violence against women and close the gender gap in education."

The report also claimed that rising population will impact on food production levels, maternal health, and cause a massive increase in infectious diseases.

Mosher disputed those claims, saying that "they never show you the population charts past 2040, when population growth begins a long decline. . . . Malthus was wrong in the 19th century, Ehrlich was wrong in the 1970s about The Population Bomb, and these people are wrong about the harmful effects of people."