Friday 4th September 2015

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Abortion Situation In Europe”

December 15, 2013 Frontpage No Comments

By BRIAN CLOWES

(Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 18 of The Facts of Life, “The Worldwide Abortion Situation,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.)

+    +    +

Many American pro-lifers wonder what the long-term impacts of abortion will be on the United States. We have been making significant progress against the Culture of Death over the past decade, but if our progress is reversed and abortion strengthens its hold on our society, what will happen to our country?
With Obamacare’s funding of abortions and the related economic problems, what will happen if the abortion rate rises even higher, and we add millions more to the 55 million abortions we have already suffered?
All we have to do to find the answers to these questions is to look east — to Europe.
The direct cause of abortion is the separation of sex from procreation. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Europe, which has been tightly gripped by the Culture of Death for more than half a century.
The total fertility rate (TFR) of a nation is the average number of children each woman has. This TFR must be about 2.1 in developed nations if they are to achieve replacement level fertility — meaning that over time the population will remain the same.

Frightening European
Demographics

The average TFR of Europe has plunged from an already-low 2.37 children per woman in 1965 to a disastrous 1.33 in 2014, a decline of 44 percent. The highest 2014 TFR for Europe is Iceland’s 1.83 children per woman, followed by Ireland’s 1.75.
This means that every one of Europe’s 48 nations is currently under replacement fertility levels. Nine European nations have remained continuously below replacement since 1965. The greatest decrease in TFR during the time period 1965-2014 is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 69 percent; not one European nation has increased its TFR from 1965 to 2014.
According to the United Nations Population Information Network, 32 of the 50 lowest TFRs in the world belong to European countries. Bosnia and Herzegovina has the lowest TFR in the world at 0.99 children per family — this is an average of one child per family, which is lower than in China!
Twenty-two of the 35 countries in the world whose population is actually declining are located in Europe.
The most populous countries in Europe are Russia with 141,310,000 people (ninth in the world, but rapidly declining), Germany with 82 million, and France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, all with about 60 to 65 million.
The only European country with laws that fully protect preborn children or allow for only a “life of the mother” exception is tiny Malta, home to just 0.05 percent of Europe’s population. Ireland’s historical protection of its preborn children is eroding rapidly. Thousands of Irish women and girls travel legally to England for abortions each year, and the government has legalized the procedure for some of the “hard cases,” including threats of suicide, as well as considering another exception for birth defects.
Almost all of the other European nations have actual or practical abortion on demand through at least 12 weeks of pregnancy. These nations represent 94 percent of the total population of Europe.

Economic Effects
Of The Culture Of Death

The nations of Europe are already feeling the profound economic effects of their longtime anti-life policies.
Perhaps the most important of these is large imbalances in population age segments, leading to an increased aging of the workforce and the population in general. This in turn results in fewer workers supporting more and more retired people every year, creating tremendous pressure on social security systems and retirement plans.
It also greatly increases health-care costs, leading to a strong push for euthanasia. Already, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland have legalized euthanasia, with assisted suicide “tourism” becoming more common, and the disabled (even infants) being killed without their consent.
Europe has also suffered a great increase in the number of divorces (from 125,000 in 1960 to about 850,000 in 2014); illegitimacy (4.5 percent of all births in 1960 to about 33 percent in 2014); unemployment (from five million in 1977 to more than 35 million in 2014); and a huge increase in abortions, to about 4.1 million annually in 2014. All of this means that the state must step in and take the place of the fathers of millions of children, since the women are usually left to raise their children by themselves. This means a staggering increase in the tax burden, shifting funds away from such critical functions as infrastructure maintenance and education.
The population of Muslims in Europe will be about 60 million by 2030, mainly immigrating from north Africa. Because they are generally very religious, Muslims tend to integrate poorly with an aggressively secular European society, a situation causing great tension and conflict that will only worsen in the future. This state of affairs is a direct result of falling Europe birthrates; the last year “native” Europeans replaced themselves was 1973, and since then, there has been a shortfall of tens of millions of births required to replace this population.
The Eastern European nations have been especially hard-hit by the abortion Holocaust. Russia lost about 12.5 percent of its population during World War II; it has lost an incredible 61 percent of its population to abortion (more than 200 million committed since 1963 alone). Bulgaria has lost 42 percent of its population, Romania has lost 41 percent, Hungary 30 percent, and Ukraine and Estonia 28 percent (by comparison, the United States has lost about 15 percent of its population to abortion).

The “Demographic Cross”

The economic future of Europe is in grave doubt. The “demographic cross” feared by many is finally coming to pass.
In the year 1950, Europe was still relatively young, and comprised more than a fifth of the world’s population. Meanwhile, Africa was virtually empty, home to less than ten percent of the world’s people. But while Africans continued to have large families, Europeans began to abort, sterilize, and contracept themselves out of existence. For the first time in history, Europe and Africa had the same population in 1997, with each possessing about one out of every eight of the world’s people.
By 2050, the sizes of their populations will have switched places: Africa will have more than one out of every five people, and Europe will have only one out of 14. Even more important, the average African will be barely 30 years old, while the average European will be 51 years old!
To whom will the future belong — to a young, vigorous, large population with huge stores of natural resources, or an old, small, listless population with few such resources?
The answer to that question should be obvious. If it can only overcome its pervasive corruption, Africa will lead the world by the year 2050.

The Effects Of
Anti-Natalist Propaganda

European population alarmists have been exaggerating the high cost of raising children for decades in their efforts to convince people to have fewer children. Finally, when the baleful demographic effects of too few babies became evident, governments tried to retool the thinking of the people, but with little effect. Every European nation has attempted to bribe its citizens by various means to have more children, with little or no response.
History shows us that once the people of a nation are conditioned to believe they should live only for themselves and that children are a burden, it is virtually impossible to convince them otherwise. For decades, anti-natalist propaganda has asserted that it costs anywhere from $500,000 to $2.1 million to raise each child. Thus, when a government offers a bounty of up to $20,000 to have another child, couples consider this incentive to be laughably inadequate.
This is why the La France a besoin des enfants! (“France needs babies!”) campaign failed. And this is why, when the German state of Brandenburg offered to pay its citizens $650 to have a child, there was not even the slightest blip in the birthrate. It is no wonder Wolfgang Jahmer, director of a social welfare program in Schwerin, Germany, said: “We have some fears that the tree of life may be falling.”
The only solution to this ongoing demographic disaster is for pro-life activists to convert the hearts and minds of Europeans, one by one. This, unfortunately, will probably take as long to accomplish as the population controllers took to destroy the Europeans’ love of children. But we must think in terms of generations, not years, and continue to work until Europe is once again a shining beacon of hope for the world.

+    +    +

(Next article: “The Abortion Situation in Africa.”)

Share Button

Comment on this Article:

Untitled 3

Pope FrancisAn Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis      Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter . . .

When Defiance of Marriage Law Was Hailed as Heroic

Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who will not issue marriage licenses to anyone because, she says, she cannot in good conscience issue them to same-sex couples is being sharply criticized for lawlessness and abuse of her office. Consider…Continue Reading

Good News . . . Brief update on Father John Corapi

A bit of good news to share: A reliable source has informed me that Father John Corapi, a popular priest among orthodox Catholics who departed public life after a tumultuous period a few years ago, remains in the priesthood and…Continue Reading

9th Shocking Video: Planned Parenthood Sells Intact Aborted Babies, One “Just Fell Out” of the Womb

The Center for Medical Progress released a new video this morning — the 9th in its series of videos catching the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling aborted babies and their body parts. This latest video catches a Planned Parenthood medical…Continue Reading

All priests will be able to forgive sin of abortion during Jubilee for Mercy

September 1, 2015 7:33 AM Vatican City, Sep 1, 2015 / 06:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new set of pastoral guidelines for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy Pope Francis has made some significant moves, allowing all priests to…Continue Reading

Cardinal Francis Arinze: 50 years as a Bishop

Yesterday Saturday 29 August 2015, Francis Cardinal Arinze, 82, marked fifty years as a Bishop. In an interview with Vatican Radio’s English Africa Service to mark to the milestone, Cardinal Arinze was in high spirits. Although now retired and living…Continue Reading

Russians to construct ‘the tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the world’

Towering 80 meters monument to ‘Christ the Teacher’ by Zurab Tsereteli to find home in Vladivostok, Christian Telegraph reports according to RISU. The statue was cast in 2013 by Tsereteli, the famous Georgian-Russian sculptor, known for his gigantic projects such…Continue Reading

If You Still Support Planned Parenthood, You Are Simply Not A Decent Person

Another Planned Parenthood video has been released. I promised I would write about every new video that comes out, so here is my write up on the latest. Please read and share. I don’t usually ask you to share things…Continue Reading

“Catholic” Group Sends Cakes to Thank Planned Parenthood Staff After It Sells Aborted Babies

Apparently, Catholics for Choice want their friends at Planned Parenthood to know how appreciated they are since they will be “harassed” tomorrow at the protests across the country regarding their organ harvesting business.  As LifeNews previously reported, tens of thousands…Continue Reading

Facebook’s very (very) suspicious ‘trending’ Planned Parenthood story

Update Aug. 20, ’15 at 7:54 AM EST: I woke up this morning, and lo and behold, the “trending” news topic had changed. It now reads, “7th video critical of organization released by anti-abortion group.” That’s more like it. I…Continue Reading

Questions raised after pro-life activist Twitter accounts suspended without warning: one now restored

ONTARIO, August 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — A pro-life activist campaigning against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s abortion extremism as well as a pro-life organization on a mission to show the violent reality of abortion through large graphic billboards had their Twitter…Continue Reading

Archbishop Cordileone thankful for San Francisco teacher contract agreement

San Francisco, Calif., Aug 23, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to promote Catholic culture in the San Francisco archdiocese’s high schools and to agree on a contract acceptable for the schools’ teachers concluded on Wednesday with a new…Continue Reading

Catholic Priests’ Forgotten Flock: Catholic Men

The New Emangelization Project has documented that a key driver of the collapse of Catholicism in the U. S. is a serious and growing Catholic “man-crisis”.[1] One third of baptized Catholic men have left the faith and the majority of…Continue Reading

Newsmax

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our new website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for over 145 years in our weekly print edition. Now we are introducing the online daily version of our print journal.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 145 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

Today . . .

Pope Francis: Sowing divisions is a sickness in the Church

pope893

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says sowing divisions and discord is a sickness within the Church and described a person who indulges in gossip as like a terrorist who throws bombs. His comments came during his homily at his Friday (4th September) Mass in the Santa Marta residence. Taking his inspiration from St Paul’s letter to the Colossians where the Apostle spoke of how Christ was sent by God to sow reconciliation and peace among humanity,…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: The astonishment at the encounter with Jesus

(Vatican Radio) The capacity to recognize ourselves as sinners opens us to the astonishment at the encounter with Jesus: that was the message of Pope Francis Thursday morning during Mass for the feast of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. Pope Francis’ homily focused on the day’s Gospel reading which tells the story of the miraculous catch of fish. After working throughout the night without catching anything, Peter, trusting in Jesus,…Continue Reading

General Audience: love of family combats city desertification

(Vatican Radio) An estimated 15 thousand people were in St Peter’s Square for the Pope’s General audience on Wednesday, as he continued his catechesis on the family, which this week focused on the importance of families in spreading the faith. The Holy Father underlined that by creating the foundations of a solid faith in the home, the fruits are revealed in a more humane society. The Pope said that the alliance of the family with…Continue Reading

Saints Will Welcome Families, Pope to Philadelphia

St. John Neumann Was Bishop of the City and St. Katharine Drexel Was Born Here United States of America, August 31, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter When Pope Francis and thousands of families arrive next month to Philadelphia, they are sure to be welcomed by two saints with ties to the city. Fr. Thomas Rosica, English-language assistant for the Vatican press office, has compiled the following biographies: * * * ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE NEUMANN, C.SS.R. (1811-1860)…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… A Champion of Fitting Worship

By JAMES MONTI On a recent visit to the chapel of a Catholic nursing facility I observed an elderly resident arriving with her walker to spend time in the presence of the Lord. With her infirmity she obviously could not be expected to offer anything more than a gentle nod toward the Tabernacle before transferring…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . This Belongs On Every Catholic Pro-Lifer’s Bookshelf

By REY FLORES Redeemed by Grace — A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back by Ramona Trevino with Roxane Salonen. Ignatius Press: 2015; hardcover, $17.95; 157 pages. To order, visit ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531. Almost anyone who is either Catholic or involved in the pro-life cause has heard of Abby Johnson. Johnson, of…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . The Sabbatine Privilege

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY We recently celebrated, on July 16, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which, according to tradition, is associated with the giving of the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock on that date in 1251. The Blessed Virgin appeared to him with the scapular saying, “This will be for you…Continue Reading

Is Trumpism The New Nationalism?

By PATRICK BUCHANAN Since China devalued its currency 3 percent, global markets have gone into a tailspin. Why should this be? After all, 3 percent devaluation in China could be countered by a U.S. tariff of 3 percent on all goods made in China, and the tariff revenue used to cut U.S. corporate taxes. The…Continue Reading

The Family Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris Presents Many Grave Problems

By MAIKE HICKSON After reading the Instrumentum Laboris (working document) for the upcoming October 2015 Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, when it was first published in June, the author of this short article was somewhat stunned and increasingly troubled. Yet I was soon helped by others to acquire a better understanding. It is…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Catholic Replies

Q. The Supreme Court has a history of immoral decisions, such as declaring black slaves as property, permitting credit card companies to charge usurious interest rates, allowing the public sale of contraceptives, okaying the killing of unborn babies, and approving sodomy. What’s next? Polygamy? Incestuous “marriage”? Person-animal “marriage”? It would appear that we are on a par with Sodom of…Continue Reading

Take Up Your Cross

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 50:5-9a James 2:14-18 Mark 8:27-35 Faith is a great gift and, given the times in which we live, it is more necessary than ever that we have our faith. However, in the second reading today St. James says that faith without works is dead. He then gives…Continue Reading

Communiqué Issued at the end of the Pro-Life Conference In Accra, Ghana (August 8-9

Preamble In response to the increasing violation of the sanctity and dignity of human life and the continuing culture of death in Ghana and around the world, and in line with Pope Francis’ call for the need to sustain and support marriage and family life, the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the priests, religious and laity of the Catholic Church in…Continue Reading

End Media Blackout On Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Scandal

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The baby parts sale scandal at Planned Parenthood is being aided and abetted by another scandal: the refusal of vast portions of the mainstream media to cover the issue. The release of numerous videos that detail the brutal and criminal killing and dismembering even of babies outside of the womb in order to obtain body…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Man Jesus — Humanity At Its Perfection

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 17 What was Jesus like, as a Man? We know about His divinity, we believe in it, but what was He like in His daily life with people in general? We call this topic investigating the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, or, more simply, Jesus the Man. In an obscure province of…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph Of Cupertino

By CAROLE BRESLIN Now that the school year has begun, students — especially Catholic students — will find recourse to their favorite patron saint of studying. Some may choose St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Augustine of Hippo. For those students who find it difficult to retain what they read and write about it, perhaps this saint will encourage them: St.…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Aidan

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Church names many saints as patrons of certain professions, troubles, or countries. St. Benedict is the patron saint of Europe. As the father of Western monasticism, he is credited with building Western civilization. St. Catherine of Siena is also a patron of Europe since she played important roles in settling both civil and ecclesiastical disputes. St.…Continue Reading