Catholic population expert Steven Mosher shares his conversion experience

By Juan Guajardo

Correspondent

August 1, 2014

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Dr. Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, shares his personal experience dealing with China’s one-child policy at a presentation he gave at St. Francis of Assissi Parish in Grapevine July 25. (Photo by Juan Guajardo / North Texas Catholic)

GRAPEVINE — Dr. Steven Mosher was pro-choice and God-less when he left for China’s mainland in 1979 as part of a diplomatic relations program between the U.S. and China. After a nightmarish experience in China, the Stanford University social scientist came back pro-life, certain of God’s existence, and determined to expose and stop the numerous human rights abuses the Chinese Communist regime was committing in the name of “overpopulation.”

Mosher, now a Catholic and an internationally-recognized expert on China and population issues, a best-selling author, and president of the Population Research Institute, shared his experiences with population control in the People’s Republic of China with an audience of 70 people at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Grapevine July 25.

Going into detail with his diverse crowd, which included teens, young adults, and adults, Mosher explained how his world changed after encountering the one-child policy at its fullest. As the first American social scientist to do research there, Mosher had the permission of the Chinese government to explore and study the country without direct supervision. But he didn’t have to go far. He quickly noticed a trend in the very village where he was staying.

“The first thing that happened was I noticed that women in my village were being arrested for the crime of being pregnant,” Mosher explained. “I actually have copies of arrest warrants issued by the Chinese government … in which the crime for which the women are being charged is the written word ‘pregnant.’”

The abuses only increased from there, according to Mosher. The government was telling couples when they could get pregnant; it was telling others that they must not get pregnant; and it was telling couples who already had a child that they must be sterilized. He witnessed scared pregnant women who had a child outside the one-child plan threatened with (and given) forced abortions by the Population Control Police. He saw pregnant families slammed with outrageous fines (three to five times their annual family incomes) for having a child outside the policy. And he witnessed term babies killed by lethal injection as they were being born — “all in the name of the idea that there were too many people in China, too many people on the planet, and that China and the world would be a better place with fewer people.”

The visit he initially thought was a great honor turned out to “be something else entirely,” as he found himself “in the middle of the most horrific, barbaric population control program the world has ever seen” — one that over the last three decades has eliminated 400 million unborn lives, according to one top Chinese official.

One of the worst cases — the one that made him a different man — occurred in a small operating room where a third trimester cesarean abortion was carried out. A mother who was eight months pregnant was given a “poison shot,” a lethal injection into the womb that kills her baby, but not her. The doctors didn’t want to wait for her to begin labor to retrieve the dead infant, so they opted for a cesarean section instead.

“By the time the cesarean abortion was finished and the now-dead baby was removed from the body of this wounded mother — wounded in both body and spirit — I knew without a doubt what abortion was. I knew in a way that I will never forget,” Mosher recalled. “It is indelibly burned in my memory. Abortion is a killing of a tiny son of Adam, a tiny daughter of Eve, equal to us in every way except they’re smaller and weaker and deserving of our protection.

“So I left that operating room pro-life and I’ve been pro-life ever since,” he continued.

But he also found God in that operating room.

“I realized from the force of witnessing the cesarean section abortion that I was seeing great evil. Now this surprised me. I had up until that time been a committed secular humanist, a moral relativist; I didn’t really believe in an evil. I thought everything was shades of gray. Some things were better than others and some things were worse, but there was no absolute evil — there couldn’t be hell. And then hell opened up before me as I saw the killing of this tiny innocent, and I couldn’t imagine a greater evil than that.

“In that setting that said evil could exist, I had to believe to keep my own sanity that there was a compensated good, that there was a counterbalancing good, that there was a source of good in this universe to offset this evil.”

All the arguments favoring population control that Mosher had bought into at the beginning had vanished. He returned to the U.S. campaigning to bring these abuses to light. And he came into the Catholic Church 10 years later.

Today, Mosher is still leading the charge in informing the public about the overpopulation myth — the false notion that the world is running out of resources due to there being too many humans sharing the earth, and what Mosher believes is the principal driver behind the “socially responsible” effort to promote and provide abortions — even beyond the borders of the U.S. and China. He’s given expert testimony before Congress, written various books and articles, and talked to several senators, many politicians, and innumerable pro-lifers. And his Population Research Institute has put out a set of YouTube videos called “Overpopulation is a Myth,” which have gotten over 1.7 million views. PRI is also conducting research around the globe to gather hard evidence of abuses related to population control.

Before turning to answer questions from the audience, Mosher urged his listeners to not buy into the overpopulation myth and to not justify the killing of unborn children.

“There’s plenty of room on God’s green earth for all of us,” Mosher said. “And how could there not be? At the beginning of time, when God created the heavens and the earth He knew how our needs and numbers would grow. He knew that today, in the year 2014 of our Lord, we would have about 7.2 billion people on the planet, and knowing this, surely He would have provided us with a planet that had the resources to provide for those 7.2 billion people.

“I think to claim that the world could be overpopulated is in a sense to doubt God’s providence. And of course, that’s what we’ve seen, haven’t we? As our numbers have grown, as we have more hands and minds at work, our living standards have grown even faster. Human beings have never lived longer on average than they do now…. But that’s a good thing. Longer life spans are something we should celebrate, not something we should despair about,” Mosher continued. “And we should never ever think that we are somehow better off when we kill the youngest, the most innocent among us.”

His message went hand-in-hand with the USCCB’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week (July 20-26), said Jared Zimmerer, director of Adult Faith Formation and Family Life for St. Francis in Grapevine. Zimmerer was given a heads-up by Sue Laux, diocesan Youth for Life coordinator, that Mosher was coming to town for another event in the diocese and asked if he would be interested in hosting a Friday evening talk.

“It was the perfect timing to promote pro-life issues here at the parish,” said Zimmerer. Furthermore, he said, it gave the audience “the arsenal to be able to go out … give the facts of this myth.”

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Steven-Mosher-BUTTON.jpgDr. Steven Mosher was pro-choice and God-less when he left for China’s mainland in 1979 as part of a diplomatic relations program between the U.S. and China. After a nightmarish experience in China, the Stanford University social scientist came back pro-life, certain of God’s existence, and determined to expose and stop the numerous human rights abuses the Chinese Communist regime was committing in the name of “overpopulation.” Mosher, now a Catholic and an internationally-recognized expert on China and population issues, a best-selling author, and president of the Population Research Institute, shared his experiences with population control in the People’s Republic of China with an audience of 70 people at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Grapevine July 25.

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