DUNEDIN, FLORIDA, January 31, 2012 ( – As polls show Mitt Romney poised to win the Florida primary, some are questioning his wisdom in seeking the advice of a climate scientist who wrote in favor of compulsory abortion for American women.

The issue has been raised recently by writers at The Washington Examiner, Investor’s Business Daily, and National Review, among others.

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney asked current Obama administration Science Czar John Holdren for advice on a plan to impose statewide limits on carbon emissions from power plants. President Barack Obama has made a similar proposal as president.

A December 7, 2005, press release states, “In the development of greenhouse gas policy, Romney Administration officials have elicited input from environmental and economic policy experts. These include John Holden, [sic.] professor of environmental policy at Harvard University and chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy.”


In the 1977 book “Ecoscience: Population, Resources, and Environment,” Holdren wrote, “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.” (Emphasis added.)

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Holdren envisioned the rise of “a comprehensive Planetary Regime” that would “control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural resources, renewable or nonrenewable” and that would “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…the Regime would have some power to enforce the agreed limits.”

He and co-authors Paul and Anne Ehrlich described their views as “neo-Malthusian.”

Elsewhere in the book, Holdren and the Ehrlichs suggested “sterilizing women after their second or third child,” perhaps with a “long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin” at puberty and removed “with official permission, for a limited number of births.”

Holdren called for the “de-development of overdeveloped countries” and prescribed that “rich nations devote 20 percent of their GNPs for ten or fifteen years to the task of population control and development of the poor countries.”

Holdren’s co-author, Paul Ehrlich‘s book “The Population Bomb” contained numerous apocalyptic predictions that failed to come to pass. Ehrlich continues to publicly support sex-selective abortions.

Romney’s abortion views have been a subject of speculation, flipping from pro-life to pro-abortion and back again. 

Most polls show Romney with a double-digit lead over his closest rival, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, in Florida primary. Romney predicted Monday at a campaign stop in Dunedin, Florida, “With a turnout like this I got a feeling we might win tomorrow.”



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