“Immigration is the chief reason that U.S. population is
still growing—native born Americans reproduce below replacement level…” (source indicated near end of my post)
“When it comes to climate change, there is no shortage
of scientists willing to speak out about the need to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. So if humanity is breaking “planetary boundaries” and imperiling, in
the process, humanity’s future, why aren’t more scientists speaking publicly
about the population trajectory and its implications?”
(source indicated near end of my post)
I was the kind of person who wasn’t going to reproduce
unless my personal circumstances were appropriate. I didn’t want to be a single
mother knowing full-well the amount of work and stress it would entail. Also,
at one point I had researched the statistics of children raised in 1 parent vs.
2 parent households and I came to the conclusion based on the data, that 2
parent households were generally better. Overall, this is certainly true when
considering a number of variables related to the long-term wellbeing of a
child. (There are obviously exceptions
to this rule, but I like large samples and large studies because they offer
more predictability than relying on exceptions to rules).
old-fashioned and think that a father-figure is essential for children—despite
the current views in popular culture.
There are over 9 million single mothers in the United-States
45% of single mother headed households live below the poverty line. For single
father households, 21% live below the poverty line. I am fully aware that single mothers usually
do not set out on a course to “become single mothers”. Many of these
individuals are dealt a bad hand and through unfortunate circumstances end up
having to raise their children alone.
I knew that I wanted to be in a stable relationship,
married, and in the right position financially and emotionally to care for the
needs of a baby—especially when their brain development was at its most plastic
and vulnerable. For these reasons I had
been on birth control for the past 10 years—waiting for the right time and
right person—if this was ever to happen. Thankfully, after two long-term
relationship attempts, I did meet the right person.
With a year of marriage under my belt and both mine and my
husband’s schooling complete, we decided that I should quit birth control. We
both realized that I was no longer at the fertile age of 28—indeed, several
years past this—and that fertility rates begin to decline for women in their
mid-thirties. We were open to having children but also knew that we would never
resort to expensive, extensive medical procedures to “make it happen” if it didn’t happen naturally. We decided that we
could be happy either way.
To our surprise, we found out that we were pregnant one
month after I stopped taking birth control pills! We are both ecstatic to
welcome the arrival of our baby in October 2015!
My pregnancy has been
very rough. This past year I have been plagued with almost constant nausea and
vomiting, baby brain, radiculopathy that radiates down my right leg and
intense, constant pressure in my abdomen that it feels like I’m wearing a
corset cinched up so tightly that I’m going to explode. I feel uncomfortable
most of the time and my motivation has sunk to an all time low. Thankfully, my
husband has been very supportive. Also, I got a bunch of tests done and found
out that my chances of having a healthy baby are high—Down Syndrome risk is
1/10,000 (as a woman hits her mid-thirties, she has to start being concerned
about these things).
Since becoming pregnant for the very first time, I have, ironically
, found myself attuned to any
headline, article or study that deals with overpopulation
I have always been concerned about overpopulation and overconsumption by human
beings on our planet. I still maintain
my stance that humans should be conscientious in their decision to procreate.
My opinion is that a
woman’s reproductive choice must be guided by facts and information—she must be
socially and ecologically conscious in her choice. In other words, it isn’t
a good idea to procreate with a sociopath (not socially beneficial) and not a
good idea just to procreate because “My clock is ticking” or “I think having children will fulfill me”. It isn’t a good idea to procreate on a whim
or procreate thinking, “The Government
will pay for my hospital bill, my child’s school lunches, my apartment rent
etc.” One must think through this BIG decision first and make sure they
have adequate means to take care of their little creation.
I’m a big fan of
family planning! If you have found the right person with whom to raise your
child—and you are responsible, well, I have nothing to say against your choice.
Yes, I fully realize that adding more people to the planet
will have an impact. This is something that I’ve had to grapple with and come
to terms with. I had been averse to
overpopulation, but look at me—here I’m contributing to it!
OF COURSE….THOSE ARE
JUST MY OPINIONS WHICH ARE ALWAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE….
Anyways, so my husband is subscribed to the secular humanist magazine “Free Inquiry” that Center for Inquiry puts out. My husband
has been receiving it for 5+ years now. We both love this magazine so much that
we find ourselves fighting for it over the breakfast table. The July 2015 issue
is controversial and deals with “Population,
Immigration and the Global Future”. After
reading some of the articles in this issue, I must say that I have been deeply ignorant about the status of overpopulation and immigration in the United-States.
I had been reading
articles on the internet about the declining
birth rate in the United-States but I didn’t realize that this statistic
was almost exclusively tied to the
reproductive habits of native born American women (women who are born in
the U.S. whose parents were born in the U.S. whose grandparents were born in
the U.S. and so on and so forth). This
statistic is not true for immigrants—at least according to the article.
According to the
“Most Californians are barely reproducing themselves, but
many immigrant families are averaging as many as three children. Now with 38
million people, at the current rate of growth, the California Department of
Finance, Division of Demography, projects population will be 54 million by
2040. In 1970 the state’s population was less than 20 million. Nearly all of California’s population
growth in just the last ten years was due to immigration and births to
foreign-born women.” --- U.S. Immigration and the Limits of Supporting
Earth Resources (CFI July 2015 excerpt from article)
articles in this CFI July 2015 issue deal with immigration and overpopulation
and seeks to show the inextricable link to human population and
environmental/ecological issues that our
planet currently faces. From
carbon emissions to decreased fertile soil and a reduced water supply,
overpopulation is a major culprit. The concept is extremely easy. With more
people on the planet, the more we will be affected by the consequences of too
many people; too much waste and not enough space!
I thought it was interesting (and highly controversial) that
this secular humanist, liberal magazine suggested that the American government consider the factor of overpopulation as a
reason to make its immigration policies more stringent. It is quite bold to
pose such a suggestion—especially for any media portal that considers itself to
be liberal (I usually think of liberals as being more tolerant of immigration
and diversity). However, after reading
all of these articles, I see that it is very difficult to argue with the