See this online text:

  • “Population Conference Draft Document Criticized” by Saint John Paul the Great (Pope John Paul II), Vatican, March 18, 1994. May be read online on this page of Catholic, which describes it as thus:
    • “Talk given by Pope John Paul II during a March 18 meeting at the Vatican with Nafis Sadik, executive director of the U.N. Fund for Population Activities. The Pope criticizes a final draft document prepared for the September U.N. International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt.”

See also these related texts:

  • “Doomsday Every Day: Sustainable Economics, Sustainable Tyranny”, by Prof. Jacqueline R. Kasun, Ph.D., The Independent Review, Vol. IV, No.1, (Summer 1999): pp. 91–106. Available in pdf format on this page of the Independent Institute.
  • “Exploding Population Myths”, by Jim Peron (The Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa), Fraser Forum: Critical Issues Bulletin (Vancouver, B.C.: The Fraser Institute, 1995). Available in pdf format on this page of The Fraser Institute.
  • “Government Family Planning: Effects and Incentives”, by Prof. Jacqueline R. Kasun, Ph.D., The Review of Austrian Economics, Volume 10, Number 2 (1997): pp. 47-76. Available in pdf format on this page of the Mises Institute.
  • Low Fertility and Population Ageing: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Options, by Jonathan Grant, Stijn Hoorens, Suja Sivadasan, Mirjam van het Loo, Julie DaVanzo, Lauren Hale, Shawna Gibson, and William Butz (Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2004). Available at RAND Corporation.
  • “The Population Control Holocaust,” by Robert Zubrin, The New Atlantis, Number 35 (Spring 2012), pp. 33-54. May be read online and available in pdf format at The New Atlantis. (N.B., The text states that it was “The essay below is adapted from Robert Zubrin’s Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism”.
  • Population Implosion? Low Fertility and Policy Responses in the European Union (Rand Research Brief, Doc. No. RB-9126-EC) (Cambridge, UK: RAND Europe, 2015). Available at RAND Corporation.
  • “Population Politics and the Shambles of Africa”, by Jim Peron. Chapter 4 in Exploding Population Myths. (Vancouver, B.C.: The Fraser Institute, 1995). May be read online on this page of the Catholic Education Resource Center (CERC).
  • “Sustainable Development: a Global Agenda Structured on Population Control”, by Laurene Conner, The Wanderer (The Wanderer Forum Foundation, Inc., Fall, 1997 / Winter 1998). May be read online on this page of Catholic, which describes it as a “comprehensive report on the United Nations global plan for structured population control under the guise of sustainable development.”
  • The Ultimate Resource II: People, Materials, and Environment, by Dr. Julian L. Simon (1998). Available online at Dr. Julian Simon’s website.
  • “The War on Population, Continued”, by Prof. Jacqueline R. Kasun, Ph.D., Catholic World News News Feature, January 07, 2002. May be read online on this page of Catholic


Some of the foregoing texts are not written by Catholic Christians. However, they are posted here because they provide evidence against the alleged scientific arguments used to support antinatalist policies, or show the negative material or normative effects of such policies.

These more secular texts, while helpful, are often premised on the extrinsic value of human beings and thus do not constitute the full basis for prolife positions. These positions are more fundamentally based on the intrinsic value of every human being–a reality demonstrated by right reason (which discerns the objective dignity of every human being as a person bearing an immortal rational soul), especially right reason guided by divine faith (to the revealed truth that each human being bears the image and likeness of God, and is called to salvation in God the Son Incarnate).

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“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour: and hast set him over the works of thy hands.” (Psalm viii, 5-7)

Whosoever shall receive one such child as this in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.” (Gospel according to St. Mark, ix, 36)

For behold the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck.” (Gospel according to St. Luke, xxiii, 29)