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China Realizes—Maybe Too Late—That Vital Societies Need Babies


John Stonestreet

Roberto Rivera

Recently, a communist party official admitted that China’s war on fertility, decades of propaganda and even violence to keep Chinese women from having more than one child, has worked too well. 

Since relaxing the “one-child policy” in 2015, China’s fertility rate has only risen to about 1.5 births per woman, which is still far below the 2.1 births necessary “to meet labor demand and keep the vitality of the economy and society.”

For forty years, Beijing taught its people that the fewer kids they have, the better off they would be.  Apparently, the people continue to believe it.

China, however, is not alone. As I recently noted on BreakPoint, the U.S. may be headed for a COVID baby-bust, further lowering our already-low fertility rate. In fact, every single county in the Western world is failing right now to secure their futures.

Because the future of any nation depends on babies.


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