It is a wonder how these “experts” cannot see that there is no way an aging crisis can be addressed without putting a stop to family planning programs that promote abortion and contraception. It is difficult to show anything to someone who refuses to even look.
Top Asian demographers, population experts, and UN staff gathered in Bangkok this week to address the region’s aging crisis. Despite the severity of the low fertility predicament, abortion, contraception, and “reproductive and sexual health” were the subject of one out of every four papers presented.
Due to sustained, extremely low fertility, Asia is home to the world’s oldest country, its fastest rates of aging, and its highest ratios of sex imbalance owing to the selective abortion of baby girls. Panel sessions included such questions as “how low can Asian fertility go,” how to improve data quality and accessibility, the effects of migration and urbanization, and labor force and employment.
Nonetheless, “reproductive and sexual health” accounted for 22 papers, nearly a quarter, pondering topics such as “determinants of contraceptive choice,” “risky behaviors in reproductive health,” “sexual health perspectives,” and “women’s reproductive rights and empowerment.” Half as many papers addressed poverty, and four considered infant and child health.
A paper by a RAND scholar and her collaborators revealed that where the government promoted contraception, abortion increased significantly.
Shveta Kalyanwala and Rajib Acharya from the Population Council argued for expanded use of chemical abortion by personnel other than doctors by overcoming the resistance of physicians.
Deepti Singh, Srinivas Goli, and Sulabha Parasuraman from the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai said their findings “more than support the hypothesis that repeated induced abortion is more among the women with higher son preference and greater socioeconomic status,” and that “repeated induced abortions [are] significantly higher among the women in younger age, higher socioeconomic status and with greater son preference.” The risk of repeat abortion was more than three times higher among highly educated women than among women with no education.
Sushanta Banerjee from the abortion group Ipas conducted a campaign to educate women on abortion by “improving knowledge and perceptions about abortion among women in rural Biharand Jharkhand” through wall signs and street drama. Ipas was able to make women more aware that abortion was legal, but had more difficulty creating positive attitudes toward the practice.
The conference was the second annual meeting of the Asian Population Association.