Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Turkish President Hopelessly Wrong About Birth Control

The Turkish President has described birth control as a form of treason! He says that a declining birth rate may undermine economic growth. But in fact it is the other way around. There is a direct relationship between rapid rates of population growth and declining economic conditions in developing countries. The economies of many developing nations, such as those in Africa, are damaged by the fact that a high percentage of personal and national income is spent on the immediate survivable needs of food, housing etc, leaving little income at the personal or national level available for investment capital.

Last century, no nation made much progress in transitioning from developing to developed until they brought their population growth under control. In Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, The Bahamas and Barbados, rapid economic development, as measured in GDP per capita occurred only after the country reduced its population increase below 1.5 per cent per year and its average number of children per woman to 2.3 or less.

On the other hand, of the 41 countries designated as "heavily indebted poor countries" by the World Bank, 39 fall into the category of high-fertility nations, where women on average have four or more children. Countries like Thailand with low fertility rates are improving, but countries like The Philippines, Egypt and Nigeria with rapid population growth are basket cases. Is this really what President Erdogan wants for Turkey?

I note the response by a member of Turkey's Platform to Stop Violence Against Women that "I don't think it's a co-incidence that he made the comments about birth control just a day before his ex-ministers were being questioned about the corruption allegations against them".

Instead of absurdly accusing women who are doing the right thing by both their family and their country in using birth control of treason, the Turkish President would be better advised to conscientiously root out corruption from within the government's ranks. Now that would genuinely improve Turkey's future.


  1. The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan is a hardline Muslim. He rejects any form of "moderate" Islam. The way the number of Muslims globally has expanded is largely through high rates of fertility and migration. Overpopulation has serviced this "religion" - or political/social/legal ideology - well. Of course there are some converts, but mostly their expansion has been through high rates of fertility. Once Turkey's population explodes, people will migrate to the West, as as happened already, and conflicts will cause more refugees - and thanks to the UN refugee convention, Western countries will be forced to accommodate them. This condemnation of birth control is a thinly masked drive towards a continued global expansion, and increasing dominance, of Islam.

  2. When viewed through a prism of logic and reason, President Erdogan's comments are as bemusing as they are unfathomable. I can only conclude that he is motivated by a desire to deflect attention from the corruption charges and by religious dogma.