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    Obama science adviser John Holdren called for forced abortion and sterilization


    John Holdren co-wrote a textbook that mentioned coercive methods of population control

    Holdren never "advocated" for any kind of involuntary birth control; he co-authored an environmental sciences book more than 30 years ago that discusses "compulsory control of family size" including abortion and sterilization as a possible consequence for countries whose expanding birth rates are not curbed by "milder methods."

    Indeed, Holdren and his co-authors advocated for non-coercive means of population control. After Holdren and his co-authors discussed involuntary fertility control, they concluded that "[a] far better choice, in our view, is to expand the use of milder methods of influencing family size preferences, while redoubling efforts to ensure that the means of birth control, including abortion and sterilization, are accessible to every human being on Earth within the shortest possible time. If effective action is taken promptly against population growth, perhaps the need for the more extreme involuntary or repressive measures can be averted in most countries." Excerpted from Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, written by Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich, and Holdren:



    In addition, the fact-checking website concluded that "the text of the book clearly does not support [claims about forced population control]. We think a thorough reading shows that these were ideas presented as approaches that had been discussed. They were not posed as suggestions or proposals. In fact, the authors make clear that they did not support coercive means of population control. Certainly, nowhere in the book do the authors advocate for forced abortions." It rated these claims “Pants on Fire.”