This column has previously explored the cataclysmic failure of the city of Detroit; how the city represents a culmination of decades-long Leftist policy and how the citizens continue to bite the hand attempting to feed it. None of this is news to Clash Daily readers. However, it seems statistically probable that things will get a whole lot worse before they get better.
How is this possible, you ask? Their operating deficit last year stood at $100m and they have long-term liabilities which stretch mid-teens into the billions. Their police and fire squads are so demoralized and understaffed that they have been forced to abandon entire neighborhoods to their own devices as there simply isn’t enough manpower. Wild animals have taken over city blocks and a private group is even recruiting investors to fund a zombie-survival amusement park in the city itself, ala The Walking Dead.
How could things get worse?
DetroitNews.com reported this week that ⅓ of all pregnancies end in abortion in the city of Detroit. That is a staggering statistic. Yes, it’s true that in certain demographics and in our most concentrated urban areas, the percentage of pregnancies ending in abortion can be higher; but this number is regardless of demographic. The future growth of the city of Detroit has been shuttered by a third for subsequent generations. Out of an estimated 18,360 pregnancies in 2012, the women of Detroit obtained 5,693 abortions (31%). It is significant to note that this is triple the abortion rate for the state of Michigan during the same period. Michigan’s abortion rate declined 1.6% between 2001 and 2012. Detroit’s increased 10.4% during the same time period.
Public health “officials” attribute the increase of feticide on “rising poverty and dwindling access to contraception”. Not even a passing mention of the breakdown of the urban family and increased (irresponsible) sexual activity between people unready and unwilling to raise a child. Let’s blame the lack of taxpayer-sponsored Trojans. Did Sandra Fluke pick up an unannounced gig at the Detroit Public Health commission…?
Anyone with the most cursory understanding of population growth/decline can understand why this is such a problem. As the effulgent Mark Steyn will tell you, every population has a replacement fertility rate. To maintain the current population requires a fertility rate of 2.1 children per woman, since that is the bare minimum needed to replenish the country/state/city. Once a population’s fertility rate drops below 1.4 children per couple, it is virtually impossible for the population to rebound into a growing entity.
Some Asian and European countries have already entered what Steyn calls “the death spiral” which is akin to calling Hospice for your population: you don’t know when it will arrive, but the end is nigh. Spain’s fertility rate hovers around 1.1 births per female. This means the Spanish nation is halving in population with each generation. In 2012, the population of Detroit was estimated to be around 713,777 poor souls, of which around 52% were estimated to be female. With 5,000+ abortions performed each year in Detroit, how is it even conceivable that the city will survive another 25 years, given that the rate of demographic replenishment is cut by a third with each passing generation?
Where is President Obama, who loves to lecture us about the responsibility we hold to keep abortion “safe, legal, and rare”? There’s nothing rare about your population being truncated by a third. One can almost picture that harpy, Margaret Sanger, rubbing her talons together in some warm, sulfurous place. This is, after all, the fulfillment of her dream when she founded Planned Parenthood. She sought to purge the American society of those demographics she deemed undesirable or unfit for breeding. As the numbers of urban women who choose death over life skyrocket, the dreams of Margaret Sanger (and other progressive eugenicists) come tragically true.
This is not an issue of condom access, or even poverty. This is an issue of the devaluation of humanity. Thousands of women have decided that their own convenience and/or pleasure is more important than a human life. They are encouraged by discussion from so-called medical professionals who inform them that going through with the procedure is the equivalent of blowing their nose. Does a nose have a heartbeat? Does snot contain DNA distinct from your nose? Along with all of those women, there are thousands of men who have chosen cowardice over courage. Pretending to be a man to get into her bed, but shirking duty and honor to drop off a pile of cash on the dresser of a sexual partner, so that she can “take care of it”.
This is an issue of humanity and those who cheapen it to the point of death.
Detroit isn’t a tragedy, it’s the perfectly-formed fruit of the rotten tree of Progressivism.