Thursday, May 28, 2009

Spain's "Disastrous" Contraceptive Policies have Resulted in the Oldest European Population

Why are the most Catholic countries the ones with the lowest population growth? Good question. I don’t have a good answer. But in any case, how is liberalizing abortion laws the solution? It simply can’t be.

By Hilary White
May 22, 2009 ( - A report by Spain's Institute for Family Policy says that Spain, with one of the western world's lowest birth rates and a high average life expectancy, is now the most rapidly aging country in the European Union.
The Institute's head, Eduardo Hertfelder, told media that the government's "dreadful" contraceptive policies are having a "catastrophic effect."
The report says that the Spanish youth population has dropped from 10 million in 1981 to 6.6 million in 2008. The process of population aging follows Spain's precipitous drop in birth rates. In 2000, a UN report found that the Spanish birth rate was the lowest in the world with 1.07 children per woman. Hertfelder stressed that the Spanish population is being bolstered now only by increases in immigration.
In Spain, the median age of women is 42.5 years; most physicians say that conception becomes increasingly less likely after age 35.

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