Abortion helps to “protect the environment”, a top US environmentalist has said.
Michael Brune, executive director of the “most influential grassroots environmental organisation” in the US, Sierra Club, told Fox News that giving women access to abortion helps ‘address the number of people on the planet’.
He argued that one way to reach a “sustainable population” is to “empower women to make choices”.
Brune made the comments in an interview with Fox News last week, when he was pressed on Sierra Club’s support for Planned Parenthood.
Host Tucker Carlson asked him: “Why does legal abortion make the environment better?”
Brune replied saying it helps to address the “number of people that we have on this planet”, adding: “We feel that one of the ways in which we can get to a sustainable population is to empower women to make choices about their own families”.
Sierra Club, which has almost 2.5 million members and supporters, was founded in 1892 with the goal of ‘protecting the wild places of the earth’.
Its mission statement says the group exists: “To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources” and: “To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment”.
Despite this, Sierra Club has issued public statements on abortion, transsexualism and immigration, and opposed the nomination of pro-religious liberty Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court Justice.
At the end of his interview with Fox News, Brune said that Sierra Club has seen a “surge in membership because of these issues”.
A report issued last month shows that there have been more than a billion abortions worldwide in the last century.
Global Life Campaign, which commissioned the study, said the figure represents “the Greatest Genocide in history”.
The group collated data from over 100 nations, territories and regions where abortion has been legalised, between 1920 and 2015.
The overall figure is equal to approximately 22 per cent of the current population of those jurisdictions.