Population – Archives

SOUTH KOREAN BIRTH RATE AT RECORD LOW – With a 1.17 fertility rate [below the replacement rate of 2.1 children/woman] South Korea has one of the world’s lowest fertility rates. Korean women had 490,000 babies (2002), down 62,000 from 2001. Gov’t officials may give support for married couples with children. [Korea’s Nat’l Statistical Office; LifeNews.com, #3060, 5Sept03]   INDIA STILL STRUGGLES WITH SEX-SELECTION ABORTIONS — Indian local authorities are enforcing 10-year-old laws to stop sex-selection abortions/infanticides. India’s top court ruled that medical sites using ultrasounds to promote sex-selection will be held accountable. Latest figures show India’s sex ratio gap widening, with 933 females to 1,000 males. [LifeNews.com, 14Sept03] RUSSIA –”About 5 million – or 13% – of Russian married couples are infertile…in nearly 3 of four cases, infertility is attributed to the woman, typically because of complications from one or more abortions, according to Serov and other health experts.” There are more abortions than live births in Russia: 1.7 abortions for every one live birth. A 1994 study found that by the end of her child-bearing years, the average Russian woman had undergone no less than 3 abortions. Most women bear only one child. Now the 6th most populous country in the world, Russia is expected to fall to #17 in 50 years, according to the UN. [Nat Rt to Life news, 3/03] THE FERTILITY GAP – Between 1965-1975, the USA shifted from enthusiastically celebrating large families and natural population growth to embracing policies designed to diminish families and achieve population decline—both at home and abroad. Title X of the Public Health Services Act successfully depressed domestic fertility rates,...