So how do you think things are working out there in Hungary? Marriage rates are up 43 percent since 2010. 43 percent! Not only that, divorce has dropped by 23 percent in the same time period. You know what else has dropped? Hungary’s abortion rate in Hungary, during the same time period between 2010 and 2018, dropped nearly 35 percent. There were less than 27 thousand abortions in the entire nation in 2018 Hungary does allow abortion only up until the 12th week of pregnancy which is the first trimester and only in what they call a ‘grave crisis situation.’ They have a mandatory waiting period combined with mandatory counseling, and there has to be an approval from a medical committee.
Hungary is clearly walking the talk here. The Total Fertility Rate since 2010 has gone from a low of just over 1.2 children per woman to 1.5 as of 2018 which is a very quick rise, particularly by European standards. What is so interesting here as well is that we are seeing a rise in birthrates among married women of all ages so we are seeing fertility increases among married women between the ages of 20 and 24 as well as 25 and 29 and MOST especially between the ages of 30 and 34. Interestingly enough, the 30 to 34 years old seem to have had the highest fertility increases all of this is to say that in literally just a few years, Hungary has done something that many demographers thought impossible in Europe As Lyman Stone, who’s a Research Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, has pointed out Hungary is not just experiencing a fertility spike; Hungary is actually winding back the clock on much of the fertility and family-structure implosion that demographers have long considered inevitable in Europe. Hungary is now standing as an exception to that rule.
Of course, Hungary is not alone. Poland, Russia and the Republic of Georgia have all instituted pro-life, pro-family policies that are effectively reversing their respective fertility declines. Some really impressive numbers in Russia that have just been released show that abortions have dropped 10 percent in Russia for the year 2018 and down around 40 percent in the last seven years! There are reports that abortions have dropped by two-thirds, by 63.5 percent since 2000 according to Interfax. The number of Russians who identity as pro-life has tripled in the same time period.
There seems little question that we really are seeing nothing less than a nationalist traditionalist baby boom going on in Europe for those nations that have fully re-embraced their cultures, customs, and traditions as powerful resources for a flourishing future. These are the countries that have turned back to the Christian foundations so indispensable to European civilization and as such are preserving a magnificent civilization for us, for the whole of the West, and indeed, for generations to come.