Tarry for the Nonce

August 26, 2005

Only the Rich May Spawn

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:01 am

I guess Margaret Sanger was correct that abortion is an effective method of dwindling the population of the “undesirables.”

Russians, whose lives are shorter and poorer than they were under communism, have more abortions than births to avoid the costs of raising children, Bloomberg.com reported Tuesday quoting the country’s highest-ranking obstetrician.

About 1.6 million women had an abortion last year, a fifth of them under the age of 18, and about 1.5 million gave birth, said Vladimir Kulakov, vice president of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. “Many more” abortions weren’t reported . . .

For every 1,000 Russians there are 16 deaths and just 10.6 births, a gap that isn’t being filled by immigrants, leading to a population decline of about 750,000 to 800,000 a year.

Well, that’s certainly one way to eliminate poverty.

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9 Comments

  1. Sounds like Russia could use some free and widely available birth control.

    Comment by Kevin — August 26, 2005 @ 3:08 pm

  2. No, abstinance programs will save the day.

    (nice troll btw Kevin)

    Comment by Mark — August 26, 2005 @ 3:31 pm

  3. Sounds like Russia could use some free and widely available birth control.

    Like abstention, the best birth control of all. 🙂

    Comment by laura — August 26, 2005 @ 3:57 pm

  4. Sounds like its one way to eliminate Russia…

    Perhaps the root of the problem is not knowing the value of children. Afterall, who will run the Compu-Global-Hyper-Mega-Net‘s of Russia if there’s no one to inherit the presidency?

    Ah, thank goodness for foreigners with MBAs.

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 26, 2005 @ 7:47 pm

  5. Like abstention, the best birth control of all. 🙂

    Alas, that one is already widely available and doesn’t seem to have done the trick, so further measures might be helpful.

    Comment by Kevin — August 26, 2005 @ 10:55 pm

  6. Oh, come on, Kevin: look at how well it’s worked in Latin America. And Africa!

    Although in fairness, it’s not as if condoms are tough to get in Russia, either. It’s really more of a behavior adjustment, than a question of availability or expense.

    What Russia needs is not more meddling in its citizens’ bedroom lives, but a stable society not overcome by corruption, giving rise to an improved economy that would allow them to raise their kids and their standard of living.

    Comment by Toly — August 27, 2005 @ 1:26 pm

  7. So I guess taking that Russian language course was a waste of time, since they’re killing themselves off. so it’s back to the old language arts program.

    Comment by Alistair A. — August 27, 2005 @ 1:42 pm

  8. So I guess taking that Russian language course was a waste of time…

    Alistair… it may be a bit late for this, but you may want to consider learning Chinese, especially if you’re going to go out of your way to learn one of the tougher languages….

    I will just throw this in for kix…

    NFP [Natural Family Planning] has a 99.98% success rate; assuming that it is done properly. Its not only the best birth control method available, it also fosters intimacy, creates a more loving environment, and allows for couples to plan their children at whatever intervals they desire. Its very effective and can be taught to the poorest of the poor, as its all natural and does not require the purchase of, well, anything.

    I found it rather fascinating…it turns out women have this mucus…

    Well, I’m sure you can read more about it if it fits your fancy. :oD

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 29, 2005 @ 12:13 am

  9. Alistair… it may be a bit late for this, but you may want to consider learning Chinese, especially if you’re going to go out of your way to learn one of the tougher languages….
    -Andrew P.

    yes, well. I was the “rebellious” child.

    Comment by Alistair A. — August 30, 2005 @ 10:26 pm


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