Taiwan wants women to have more kids

Hard to believe this could be happening in our modern world of population explosions… The government of Taiwan is allocating a ton of money and lowering restrictions on paying maternity leaves to urge more women to have kids. Apparently the country’s birthrate has declined to 1.1 kids per mom, and that’s lower than surrounding countries. The article partly attributes this to the fact that there, too, more young people are choosing to remain single–the phenomenon is not confined to the U.S.

Like the forego-the-birth-control, “be fruitful and multiply” philosophy of the Orthodox Jewish religion which makes it a “mitzvah” (good deed) to have lots of kids, and of the Roman Catholics (well, at least what used to be–for decades a certain percentage of Catholics are known to go “priest shopping” to find one with an open mind about birth control), the fact that many groups believe they need to populate the world (in many cases, specifically with their own kind) isn’t going away anytime soon.


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