Faith, Hope & the Coming Population Implosion:
The overall U.S. birthrate fell in 2011 to its lowest point since the government started tracking it in 1920. It now sits at about 63 births per 1,000 women in the prime childbearing ages of 15–44, according to a Pew Research Center study released late last year.
That’s a bad sign of a problem that goes far beyond the United States…
Via Catholic Culture:
In his weekly editorial, the director of the Holy See Press Office welcomed “Baby 7 Billion” into the world.
“We want to tell you that you are unique and special, that you are a wonderful gift, that you are a miracle, that your spirit will live for ever, and so you are welcome,” said Father Federico Lombardi. “We hope that when you smile someone will respond to your smile, and when you cry someone will caress you. We hope you can go to school and that you won’t go hungry … We pray that you can understand that your life will find its fullest meaning not in this world but in the next.”
“Because this is what you were born for,” he added. “Your Creator and Father made you for this. We will do our part to make this possible; but you will have to do your part, too, because your future will also depend on you and the choices you make–and it will be up to you to welcome baby eight billion.”
Vatican Radio has more on the above here.
The Creative Minority Report reports:
Russia has a baby problem. There aren’t enough babies – not close to enough. In 2009, there were 74 abortions for every 100 births in Russia, according to their own health ministry. You think that’s bad? Those statistics don’t even include pregnancies terminated at private clinics, or morning-after pills.
Russia’s fertility rate is only 1.4 children per woman – far below the 2.1 needed to maintain existing population numbers.
The Blaze reports:
Russia‘s Orthodox Church teamed with Conservative parliamentarians Monday to push legislation that would radically restrict abortions in a nation struggling to cope with one of the world’s lowest birthrates.
The legislation would ban free abortions at government-run clinics and prohibit the sale of the morning-after pill without a prescription, said Yelena Mizulina, who heads a parliamentary committee on families, women and children.
She added that abortion for a married woman would also require the permission of her spouse, while teenage girls would need their parents’ consent. If the legislation is passed, a week’s waiting period would also be introduced so women could consider their decision to terminate their pregnancy, Mizulina said.
The Soviet Union legalized abortion decades before most other countries so one could wonder if Russia is simply further down the line of suffering the consequences of legalized abortion.
Did everyone really think that killing the unborn had no consequences?
Sad that the reason countries like Russia are rethinking abortion is for financial reasons but I’m happy to see countries even considering the unborn at all. But it’s still not anywhere close to good news because the reconsidering of abortion for them has nothing to do with valuing individual life. It’s a cost thing. It’s still putting a pricetag on life. It’s just a slightly higher pricetag