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Inventor of the Pill Laments Demographic ‘Catastrophe’

The chemist who made a key discovery leading to the invention of the birth control pill has written a commentary calling demographic decline in Europe a “horror scenario” and a “catastrophe” brought on in part by the pill’s invention.

Mr. Carl Djerassi, now 85 years old, was one of three researchers whose formulation of the synthetic progestagen Norethisterone marked a key step in the creation of the first oral contraceptive pill, the Guardian reports.

In a personal commentary in the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, Djerassi said his invention is partly to blame for demographic imbalance in Europe. On the continent, he argued, there is now “no connection at all between sexuality and reproduction.”

“This divide in Catholic Austria, a country which has on average 1.4 children per family, is now complete,” he wrote.

Djerassi described families who had decided against reproduction as “wanting to enjoy their schnitzels while leaving the rest of the world to get on with it.”

The fall in the birth rate, he claimed, was an “epidemic” far worse but less highlighted than obesity.

More. (HT: Laudem Gloriae)

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January 13, 2009 - Posted by | Children, Family

2 Comments »

  1. I already commented at CNA and at WDTPRS: reading the original Austrian article, it is clear that Djerassi does not at all connect the demographic decline to the pill. Sadly, this is not a case of him seeing the destruction he has wrought.

    Comment by Gorgasal | January 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. Is the original article available in English?

    Comment by blackadderiv | January 13, 2009 | Reply


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