In a Saturday editorial for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, feminist author Kristen Pyszczyk targeted HGTV's Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines and proclaimed that their decision to have a fifth child is irresponsible and that contributing to "overpopulation" puts the planet at risk. "Procreation is becoming a global public health concern, rather than a personal decision," Pyszczyk said, suggesting that it shouldn't be taboo to criticize large families.
"While having a child or five is a very personal choice, it's also a choice that affects everyone who inhabits our planet," Pyszczyk continues. Furthermore, she argues that, although it is commonly associated with "nasty historical events" and "eugenics", population control measures should not be off the table for discussion because it is "not an exaggeration to say that the survival of our species depends on it."
Amid imminent, looming threats naturalistic scientists say are threatening the planet, Pyszczyk says that the fact that the Gaines' received a massive backlash for having a large family "is great, but we need to go much further."
"Women need to be presented with options for a fulfilling life that don't involve taking 20 years of their lives to care for offspring," she suggested, and encouraged more people to consider adoption.
"I get that humankind's theoretical demise is not enough to justify abstaining from what is for many the most meaningful experience of a lifetime. But it's not theoretical. Climate change is getting measurably worse, populations are multiplying exponentially and economic inequality is not getting better. And to top it off, Prince is dead. Don't bring a child into this."
The totalitarian-leaning population control paradigm that considers children and families (or even humanity itself) to be a plague on the earth continues to make appearances such as this one in spite of scientific and scriptural evidence to the contrary.
The population control issue poses a serious problem for any Christians who would support it because an all-knowing God would not have created a planet insufficient for the needs of all its inhabitants. In a March 2017 interview with The Christian Post, Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, said God would "pre-deploy the resources that we would then unlock with our creative intelligence, another gift from God."
Even leaving biblical reasoning off the table, the PRI president added, the history of humanity has demonstrated this to be the case: "As our numbers have grown, our well-being has grown even faster because we collectively invent solutions for the problems caused by our numbers, which leave us better off at the end of the day than when we started."
Mosher continued to explain that the massive gap between the standard of living in different cultures is also to blame for overpopulation misconceptions: "When wealthy European nations go into poor countries and essentially tell them that a life lived at less than $10,000 per capita is not worth living, and so, therefore, you shouldn't have children because you can't give them each their own separate bedroom and promise to pay private school tuition, it is a pitiful measure of the value of life."