The South Korean birth rate, at only 1.25 children per women, is among the lowest in the world. South Korea’s population is aging rapidly; its workforce is shrinking, and its population has started to decline.
In the face of such dismal numbers—which portend a kind of gradual national suicide–the government has reversed itself. Not only has it abandoned the two-child policy, it is now actually offering incentives to families to have more children. It is even beginning, in fits and starts, to crack down on illegal abortions.
It seems like a case of too little, too late. Abortion has become a way of life in Korea. The cemeteries for the unborn continue to fill up. And yet …
It is customary for the Pope to visit the shrines of martyrs. The Cemetery for Aborted Children is, in one sense, just such a shrine. For the children to whom it is dedicated are tiny martyrs to a population control program run amok.
They died when their parents—urged on by their government and our own—decided that they were extra baggage on the road to riches.
Pope Francis’s visit to the cemetery will shine a light upon the Korean abortion holocaust and, I pray, help bring it to an early end. After all, the theme of the Pope’s trip is: “Rise Korea, clothe yourself in light; the Lord’s glory shines upon you.”
If Korea embraces that light, there will be no room for the darkness of abortion.
Steven W. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute.