New "Science Czar" May Forecast Future with "Obamacare"

July 27, 2009

As the debate over President Obama's socialized healthcare plan heats up, the depth of his radicalism is becoming more evident. John Holdren, Obama's recent choice for "Science Czar," provides the latest and perhaps most troubling example of extremism. In the name of population control, Holdren has advocated both forced abortion and compulsory sterilization through government-administered tainting of the water supply.

In a 1977 book he co-authored, called "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment," Holdren called for a "Planetary Regime" to enforce mandatory abortions for population control and limit the use of natural resources. Holdren wrote: "There exists ample authority under which population growth could be regulated. It has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society."

Holdren writes that "a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural resources, renewable or nonrenewable. The Planetary Regime might be given responsibility for determining the optimum population for the world and for each region and for arbitrating various countries' shares within their regional limits." He states that "sterilizing women after their second or third child" may be more practicable than sterilizing men and proposes a "long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin" at puberty and then "might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births."

He queried: "Why should the law not be able to prevent a person from having more than two children?" He wrote "that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution. [N]either the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution mentions a right to reproduce."

Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Counsel and Liberty Alliance Action, commented: "John Holdren is like a bad character from a George Orwell novel. The fact that Obama would unilaterally appoint him to a position of such power and influence says more about our President than it does his 'Science Czar.' Birds of a feather flock together. President Obama's hyper-extremism continues to astound, and the mainstream media cannot continue to cover it up much longer. As Obama pushes his massive scheme for socialized medicine, the American people are slowly beginning to grasp the radical nature of the minds and philosophies behind it. One more question the President needs to answer: 'Is there a co-pay with forced abortion?'"

Copyright ©2009 J. Matt Barber

Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action (LCA on Facebook). (Title and affiliation provided for identification purposes only.)