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LONDON, UK (BosNewsLife) — Britain’s government adviser on the environment says abortions should be part of a policy against global warming and that couples who have more than two children are being “irresponsible.”
In comments monitored by BosNewsLife Wednesday, February 4, Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the government’s Sustainable Development Commission, said curbing population growth through contraception and abortion must be at the heart of policies to fight global warming.
He said political leaders and green campaigners should stop dodging the issue of environmental harm caused by an expanding population.
“I am unapologetic about asking people to connect up their own responsibility for their total environmental footprint and how they decide to procreate and how many children they think are appropriate,” Porritt told The Sunday Times newspaper.
Britain is not the only country where population growth has become a major issue. Communist-run China has a one-child policy and officials have been accused by advocacy groups of forcing pregnant women, who already have a child, to undergo abortions.
In Britain, Porritt said, “I think we will work our way towards a position that says that having more than two children is irresponsible. It is the ghost at the table….”
Porritt, a former chairman of the Green party, said the government must “improve family planning”, even “if it means shifting money from curing illness to increasing contraception and abortion,” The Sunday Times reported.
The Optimum Population Trust, a campaign group of which Porritt is a patron, says each baby born in Britain will, during his or her lifetime, burn carbon roughly equivalent to 2½ acres of old-growth oak woodland – an area the size of Trafalgar Square.
“Many organisations think it is not part of their business. My mission with the Friends of the Earth and the Greenpeaces of this world is to say: ‘You are betraying the interests of your members by refusing to address population issues and you are doing it for the wrong reasons because you think it is too controversial,” he said.
It comes amid mounting concern among Christian groups and churches in Britain about what they view as the spread of secularism and atheistic world views in the country. (BosNewsLife’s NEWS WATCH is a regular look at key news developments impacting the Church and/or Compassionate professionals).