SYDNEY, November 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Women should be forced to abort their children for the next 30 years as a part of global population control, homosexual activist Dan Savage told Australian television on Monday.

Savage, whose anti-bullying program “It Gets Better” was heavily promoted by President Barack Obama, made the statement during a four-member panel during the “Festival of Dangerous Ideas.”

Audience member Lisa Malouf closed the program by asking, “Which so-called 'dangerous idea' do you each think would have the greatest potential to change the world for the better if it were implemented?”

After a moment's thought, Savage replied, “Population control. There's too many G-d d----ed people on the planet.”

“You know, I'm pro-choice, I believe that women should have a right to control their bodies,” he added. “Sometimes in my darker moments, I'm anti-choice. I think abortion should be mandatory for about 30 years.”

The audience responded with overwhelming applause at the suggestion that the world's women lose control of their fertility.

Savage did not indicate how many children, if any, females would be allowed to bear. The world's most restrictive population regime, China, has enforced a one-child policy since 1979 that has “prevented 400 million births,” according to the People's Daily. That number includes approximately 336 million abortions, most of them forced.

Although Savage has offered no denial, video footage made clear that he meant business.

“In retrospect, Savage might try to insist that he was only joking but there's no smile on his face and the point seems quite seriously made,” Tim Stanley of the London Telegraph wrote. He added that, because Savage spoke “about abortion, he'll probably be defended by radical pro-choicers. But what he's basically saying here is that women should be compelled to abort their children so that there are less people around to annoy Dan Savage.”

The statement was Savage's second about abortion in the hour-long ABC program. At one point he told fellow panelist Peter Hitchens, the pro-life Christian brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, “Forcing women to give birth against their will damages women.”

Hitchens answered Malouf's question by saying, “The most dangerous idea in human history and philosophy remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and rose from the dead. And that is the most dangerous idea you will ever encounter.”

The divinity of Christ is so dangerous “because it alters the whole of human behavior and all our responsibilities,” Hitchens said. “It turns the universe from a meaningless chaos into a designed place in which there is justice and there is hope and, therefore, we all have a duty to discover the nature of that justice and work towards that hope.”

“It alters us all,” he said. “If we reject it, it alters us all was well.”

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Savage has a long history of angry and over-the-top rhetoric. The gay rights activist said in 2011 he wished all Republicans were “f---ing dead.” Last May, he told a group of high school students the Bible is full of “bull----” and that Christian teenagers were “pansy ---ed” for walking out of his talk.

In 2000, Savage licked doorknobs and put pens in his mouth inside the headquarters of Gary Bauer's presidential campaign in the hopes of infecting the pro-family Republican leader.

Savage is not the only influential figure with ties to the White House to endorse mandatory abortion as a worthy national policy. Obama administration Science Czar John Holdren wrote in his 1978 book Ecoscience, “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.”