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Abortion hurting birth rates in Canada
« on: February 14, 2009, 08:22:11 PM »
We’re disappearing. While it isn’t obvious right away – Canada’s population has been creeping slowly upward – our birth rate isn’t high enough to sustain population growth. Canada’s fertility rate, or the number of babies a woman is expected to bear during the span of her childbearing years, is a paltry 1.57, according to the United Nations. In fact, the only G8 country remotely close to meeting the magical replacement rate of 2.1 is the United States, whose fertility rate is currently 2.05.

Canadians are overwhelmingly choosing to avoid and delay childbearing, and are running away from pregnancies. Why is this happening, and what will it mean in the future?

In Ireland, there were some scary numbers only 20 years ago, when the population was in decline and the economy in the pits. Then, the Dáil Éireann (House of Deputies) implemented law outlawing abortion, except to save the woman’s life, and the birth rate went up. Fifteen years later, there were loads of young people looking to get jobs and an education, and the world took notice.

The Celtic Tiger, the term used to describe the economic boom in Ireland in the 1990s, was made possible by a young, well-educated, hard working population with enough English language skills to make it in the global marketplace.

With our expensive social programs and rapidly increasing dependency ratio (the number of people receiving benefits compared to paying in to them), we will simply go bankrupt as a country, as Mark Steyn points to in his book America Alone, which includes a lot of information about abortion, declining birth rates and ageing populations. If Western economies fail, the Arab countries will be responsible for the safety of the world, as they are really the only ones producing a lot of bright young people who are virtually unrestricted in movement about the planet.

Our abortion rate is a whopping 28 per cent. That means for approximately every three babies born, there is one abortion. Granted, nearly everyone who chooses to have an abortion has a reason to do so, and those reasons are far-ranging. The implication those choices have on our future is astounding.

With fewer young people to pay the bills, our social programs will run out of funding. Our generation won’t be able to enjoy our retirement, because we’ll spend our whole life funding the retirements of our parents. Our quality of life, according to the UN and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, is about to go into a steep decline.

In 30 years, the Maritime provinces are expected to have changed position with Africa in terms of dependency. We currently have 1.6 dependents for every worker. In 40 years, that number will almost double. In Africa, they have almost five dependents per worker, but in 40 years, it will be closer to 1.5. While we will be struggling to pay the bills, the African continent will be awash in workers and virtually free of dependents.

What about Canada’s medicare system? It probably won’t be sustainable much longer. With health costs soaring and currently taking up more than a third of government expenditures, we need to think about what it will cost in a few years as the baby boomers accelerate their mass exodus from the workforce and enter into their most resource–consuming phase of life. Who’s going to be stuck with the bill? You and I will be, and it won’t be pretty.

The data shows that people are more concerned about their careers than their (currently non–existent) family, especially young, professional women like the ones attending this university. As people put off raising a family and opt for only one child, if any, Canada moves further into this hole, since it will take even longer for children to come of age and contribute to our economy.

Women have every right and responsibility to join the workforce, so it’s up to all of us to make it easier for them to raise a family while not harming their ability to have ambitious careers, in order to grow our own families and improve our lives. French women can take up to three years off and then return to work with the same rank, salary and pay scale as before.

Every country has its own approach to its own specific problem. Ireland chose to ban abortion, and Russia has holidays called Conception Days, which are paid holidays for procreation. Some countries offer major tax breaks to people with children. In Italy, some residents are entitled to $30,000 or more per child.

Canada needs to do something. Our declining birth rate is costing us too much already and will bankrupt us in the future. With one of the world’s highest abortion rates, we need to take a serious look at this issue and preferably cut back on the abortions that are performed merely upon request, for the sake of our future. Canada doesn’t need a sweeping abortion ban, but not doing anything is not going to work. It’s time to pull our heads out of the sand and get down to work building a foundation for our future.



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