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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 20, 2006

The Rand-Europe think-tank has determined that fertility rates rise in places where in vitro fertility treatment is available.

Well gee, thanks, guys. And I bet hamburgers are more commonplace in neighborhoods that have a McDonald's franchise, too.

But seriously, Rand-Europe has noticed a major public-policy problem: European couples aren't having babies. And where there's a public-policy problem, there must perforce by a government program. Increased funding for artificial reproduction is a first step.

OK, now let's see. Is there any other way to boost the rate of childbirth? Maybe government-funded candlelit dinners and moonlight cruises?

Or maybe-- just maybe-- the government could stop supporting something that interferes with reproduction. Try this: Go into the local pharmacies, take all the contraceptives off the shelves, and throw them in the trash. See what that does to fertility rates.

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  • Posted by: DeNobili - Jun. 20, 2006 5:05 PM ET USA

    One also has to wonder why they even care. It seems impossible for them to say: having babies is really important for society, motherhood is important, fatherhood is important. They don't articulate any particular reason why people should have children and raise families since the only two things that really matter are paid employment and vacations in August.

  • Posted by: ladybird - Jun. 20, 2006 10:59 AM ET USA

    Funny you should mention candlelit dinners & moonlight cruises! In the late 60's/early 70's Singapore's founding father, Lee Kwan Yue, enlightened man, determined that Singapore's future lay in population control. Youth were given incentives to delay marriage, pursue education/career, reduce births. By the mid-80's, they saw a nasty demographic trend. 180 turn! Don't be so selfish! Get married! Have MORE kids! Don't feel romantic? Too busy? The gov't now supplies - dinners, cruises & bonuses!

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