Fertility rates

Fertility rates

Brian Harris

Australia with a fertility rate of 1.73 babies per woman has moved well below the required rate of 2.1 babies to survive.

In Europe the birth rates are even worse. In Spain, women average 1.15 babies each, in Italy it is 1.23, in the UK 1.8 and Ireland is highest at 1.9 babies per woman.

France with a rising fertility rate of 1.89 babies per woman has seen that there will be too few young people to support the old and the government would not have enough money to pay pensions. To prevent this happening the Govemment has given generous subsidies to the nation's families who have three or more children.

Genesis, verses 27-29 states: "So God created human beings, making them to be like Himself. He created them male and female, blessed them and said, 'Have many children so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control'."

Hadfield, Vic

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