Italy’s birthrate has dropped to one point two five. Replacement level in any society is two point one babies per woman of childbearing age. Giorgia Meloni, prime ministry of this predominantly Roman Catholic country with large families, is taking the problem seriously. Meloni has dedicated a department to the issue saying that, quote. “Natality is the priority of our action so that Italy returns to have hope in the future. We want to give Italians back a country where being fathers and mothers is a socially recognized value and not a private matter.”
This prime minister is right to be concerned because a prolonged low birth rate really does imperil the future of any country or state. But Italy and every other country dealing with this issue should also be heavily promoting marriage so that the children being born are born into family structures that best ensure they grow up healthy and well adjusted.
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