SPAIN'S SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT ADOPTS NEW POLICIES IN FACE OF UNDERPOPULATION
Spain has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. Abortion rates for the country are one more indication of the plunge into anti-family, anti-life policies the Catholic nation has adopted over the past five years.
The socialist government of Spain has surprised everyone by adopting a pro-natal policy.
Each newborn will receive a check for Euro 2,500 (about 3,938 dollars). If the newborn is born into a family with three or more children, the amount is increased to Euro 3,500.
In announcing the policy, President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said to the Parliament that "In order to continue progressing Spain needs more families with more children. And families need more aid to have more babies and more resources for their upbringing." Working women with children under three years of age also get a monthly payment of about 100 Euros per month.
Along with Italy and Greece, Spain has one of the lowest fertility rates in the EU. Spain's population is aging rapidly, and is on the cusp of absolute population decline. Current birthrate is somewhere around 1.36 for each woman of childbearing age.
It has been my observation that many couples in Spain choose to live together and forgo the traditional family altogether, and if they do have children they postpone it into their 30's, and many just have one child if any. Abortion has contributed to the problem as well. Just another reminder of how far Spain has gone from traditional family values, and from the natural desire of women to bear children in marriage.