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(NaturalNews) He admits that his suggestion "sounds blatantly authoritarian," and that it "violates just about every core value we possess in a free society." But noted transhumanist author Zoltan Istvan believes that a transnational world government body should have the power to forcibly sterilize anyone "deemed unworthy" of parenthood through the use of an implanted microchip.

In a guest post for Wired magazine online, Istvan wrote that future technology will change everything about the human experience -- including how babies are born:

The transhumanist age -- where radical science and technology will revolutionise the human being and experience -- will eventually bring us indefinite lifespans, cyborgization, cloning, and even ectogenesis, where people use artificial wombs outside of their bodies to raise foetuses.

But, as LifeSiteNews' Ben Johnson writes, some experts have seen the writing on the wall:

Constitutional attorney and civil liberties expert John W. Whitehead, founder of The Rutherford Institute, warned LifeSiteNews earlier this year that political officials would long to use this seminal technology.

No different from a driver's license

And indeed, Istvan says he sees that day approaching. In his Wired post, he writes that his notion first came to him during an informal party, when he heard a tall, blonde obstetrician say, "with 10,000 kids dying everyday around the world from starvation, you'd think we'd put birth control in the water."

After hearing that -- and giving the matter careful thought -- Istvan wrote that, in an effort to "give hundreds of millions of future kids a better life, I cautiously endorse the idea of licensing parents."

That process, he wrote, "would be little different than getting a driver's license." Parents would be required to "pass a series of basic tests" in order to "get the green light to get pregnant and raise children."

Now, "those applicants who are deemed unworthy" for any number of reasons -- Istvan lists homelessness, poverty and criminal history among them -- "would not be allowed until they could demonstrate they were suitable parents."

Istvan goes on to question how far governments might go to enforce their birth control mandates.

"Would governments force abortion upon mothers if they were found to be pregnant without permission?" he asked, positing that the idea seems "unimaginable in most societies around the world."

He also writes that he finds "near-term hope" in a contraceptive technology that is being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation -- a remote-controlled injectable microchip that could effectively sterilize a woman for more than a decade.

"The implanted microchip lasts for up to 16 years -- three times current implantable devices, including IUDs -- and can deliver hormones into the body via an on-off switch on your mobile phone," he wrote. "It's not a huge jump to imagine governments seeing opportunity in using this."

But, due to the U.S. government's poor fiscal record, as well as other failures, Istvan says he thinks that some sort of world government should be in charge of deciding who can have kids.

"Perhaps a nonprofit entity like the World Health Organization might be able to step in," he suggested, adding that WHO's role would probably inspire "more confidence."

'Human breeding' needs to be controlled

A concept of birth licenses -- even those decided by the United Nations -- is not a new concept. Istvan discussed the support of ethics Prof. Hugh LaFollette and Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb.

In addition, Ehrlich co-authored a 1977 book titled Ecoscience with current Obama Administration science czar John Holdren, in which they endorsed a "comprehensive planetary regime" to control fertility, adding that "compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society."

Johnson noted that Obama "recently said he relies on Holdren to formulate his science policy."

Elites and pseudo-intellectuals are always quick to latch onto and promote concepts and ideas about controlling the masses -- controls, of course, that they would be in charge of administering. Population control is an old one, but as we can see, it is still being promoted, as if humans were no different from lab rats. To such advocates, it is nothing more than "human breeding," which, of course, needs to be controlled.







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