Legalized abortion continues to be a hot political topic in the United States more than 30 years after the Roe V. Wade decision, China’s (failing) one child policy has been in place for more than 25 years, and according to Reuters–
The governor of a central Russian province urged couples to skip work Wednesday and make love instead to help boost Russia’s low birth-rate.
And if a woman gives birth in exactly nine months time — on Russia’s national day on June 12 — she will qualify for a prize, perhaps even winning a new home.
Leaving aside the benefits of zero population growth (of which I’ve been a strong supporter since the mid-1970s), is giving impoverished people a new refrigerator or car really going to help solve any problems in Russia? According to the article-
Russia wants to reverse a trend in which the population is shrinking by about 700,000 people a year as births fail to out pace a high death rate boosted by AIDS, alcoholism and suicide.
So, they’re going to solve the problems of AIDS, alcoholism, and suicide which are decimating their population by encouraging people to get drunk, have more sex, and make more babies to suck off the government teat? Yeah, that sounds like a brilliant plan! It’s amazing the Soviet Union ever achieved Superpower status.