Posted by Steve Turley ● May 16, 2019 10:29:10 PM
Nationalist Christian Hungary is absolutely thriving with rising marriage rates, falling abortions and the highest birthrates in 20 years. A number of articles are appearing of late detailing the extraordinary success of the nation of Hungary in reversing Europe’s fertility crisis. As I am sure many of you know, Hungarian politics has been dominated by the conservative nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban currently serving out his third straight term as prime minister, his fourth overall. He has made the revitalization of Hungary as a vibrant Christian democracy, a nationalist, populist, and traditionalist Christian democracy as the center-piece of his administrative agenda. As a central part of that vision, which I detailed in my books the ‘Triumph of Tradition’ and ‘The Return of Christendom’, the Orban administration has made the revitalization of the traditional family one of its highest priorities and it has implemented a number of measures to incentivize higher fertility rates. Hungary has had alarmingly low fertility rates, around 1.2 children per woman which is significantly below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman. (The most recent US fertility rate is around 1.7 children.) So they are instituting programs and incentives for higher fertility rates by incentivizing marriage. Since high rates of marriage result in proportionately high fertility rates and so the Hungarian government has instituted measures to provide grants to married couples with children. That is key in the Hungarian strategy which really is quite brilliant. The grants are provided to married couples because studies show that marriage is the primary impetus for children; the higher the marriage rates, the higher the fertility rates. So Hungary is providing grants for married couples to get their first home paid in full and then, the amount of the grant that they have to pay back is determined by how many children they have. Upon having their first child one third of the loan’s repayment would be waved. With the birth of the second child, the couple would only have to pay back half of the loan and if they have a third child they will not have to pay a dime. The entire load is written off. It gets even better. Starting next year, if you have a fourth child, you and your spouse no longer pay income tax for the rest of your life! If you have four children, you can get your first house paid for completely by the government AND you will never have to pay income tax again!
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.
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