After the weekend which saw my home country delighted at the prospect of Irish unborn babies being terminated in Irish hospitals, only Northern Ireland holds out against the international abortion machine that preys on the youngest.
Now Northern Ireland is the only country in the Western world with a restrictive abortion regime, as we have been told endlessly by the media.
The other progressive, modern, open, Western countries with liberal abortion regimes do however have a fertility rate well below replacement level. I doubt if the two things are linked. Killing one’s own unborn children probably has little impact on fertility rates – to think such a thing makes you a mad woman. Mad!
In fact, almost exactly two months ago the FT reported that even the highest fertility rates in Europe are still below ‘replenishment’. Awkward. Given the gargantuan welfare states of most western European countries I am sure this will all turn out fine.
The FT said: ‘France and Sweden hold the record for the highest fertility rates in the EU, but their rates are still far from replenishment level needed in a modern society to avoid population decline without migration, according to data published by Eurostat, the bloc’s statistical office.
‘Women in France and Sweden can expect to have 1.92 and 1.88 children over their lifetimes respectively, but it is generally accepted that fertility rates have to exceed around 2.1 in order for a population to replace itself without inward migration boosting numbers. Across the EU the average fertility rate is 1.6.’
The inward migration will happen. It has to happen for the whole welfare Ponzi scheme to stay afloat. And it will be migrants who are less enthusiastic about killing the next generation that come to Europe.
They tend not to have the kind of ghoulish celebrations witnessed in Dublin Castle at the thought of a liberal abortion regime being introduced into their cultures.
Only dying cultures do that and Western Europe is dying. Modern, progressive, but also dying. Again, I doubt if there is any link . . .
I hate to be depressing, I really do. But the numbers don’t lie. Cultures which sacrifice their own kids, either before birth with newfangled poisons euphemistically called medicine, or old-style Roman exposure, don’t survive.
Western culture had a good run. Two thousand years or thereabouts is not bad. But we are right now witnessing its slow decline that will involve endless bickering over resources and who should use what pronouns. Sad, really, but there it is.