Lights Out

by Mark Steyn

As NR’s in-house demography bore, I thought it worth a couple of updates on the biggest story of our time, the one that will determine the shape of the mid-21st century. From The Guardian:

Japan’s workers are being urged to switch off their laptops, go home early and use what little energy they have left on procreation, in the country’s latest attempt to avert demographic disaster…

A recent survey of married couples under 50 found that more than a third had not had sex in the previous month.

Many couples said they didn’t have the energy for sex, while others said they found it boring.

Well, it’s no karaoke night. In formerly Catholic Spain, meanwhile, the land of the upside-down family tree (four grandparents, two children, one grandchild), they’re still going forth but they’re not multiplying:

Abortion Now Number One Cause Of Death In Spain

Under Spain’s practically nonexistent restrictions, abortions have more than doubled since the mid 1990s, climbing from 51,006 in 1996 to over 120,000 in 2007.  The abortion rate is now approaching one in five pregnancies (18.3%), according to the report…

The IPF report also notes that the proportion of women having their second or later abortion has risen substantially since 2000, from 23% that year to 31% in 2006…

Spain’s abortion rate is a major contributor to the country’s worsening demographic problems. 

They’ve still got a ways to go to catch up with Russia, where two-thirds of pregnancies are terminated.

[UPDATE: A reader corrects me:

Lives are terminated, Mark, not pregnancies. Let's not cast in a euphemism the upshot of the abortionist's craft.]

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