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Birth Dearth

AEI’s Nicholas Eberstadt explores the dramatic depopulation of Russia in today’s WashPost (registration required, bleah), including the revelation:

Russian womanhood has been scarred by the country’s extraordinary popular reliance upon abortion as a primary means of contraception — with the abortions in question conducted under the less-than-exemplary standards of Soviet and post-Soviet medicine. As one expert (Murray Feshbach) has noted, “approximately 10 to 20 percent of [Russian] women become infertile after abortions, according to numerous reports.” Add to this the explosive spread of potentially curable sexually transmitted infections. According to official figures, the incidence of syphilis in 2001 was 100 times higher in Russia than in Germany.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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