Sir Jonathon Porritt, Britain's chief environmental adviser, is making headlines after telling a British newspaper that having three or more children is "irresponsible." He went on to say that in order to curb the country's population growth, the British government should spend money on family planning, abortion and contraception programs.
"I am unapologetic about asking people to connect their own responsibility for their total environmental footprint and how they decide to procreate and how many children they think are appropriate," he said in the interview. "I think we will work our way towards a position that says having more than two children is irresponsible."
According to All Headline News, Porritt's comments have sparked outrage among anti-abortion groups and conservative politicians. He is also facing some criticism from within the British government.
Conservative Parliament member Ann Widdecombe dismissed Porritt's remarks as "absolute barmy" in a statement to the Telegraph, and added, "At a time when we have all the worries of too elderly a population, depending on fewer and fewer people of working age, it seems an absolutely ludicrous proposition."
According to All Headline News, "Britain's population of 61 million is expected to exceed 70 million people by 2028, due largely to increased birth rates among immigrants and high teen pregnancy rates."
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