“The birth rate should be one of our main concerns,” the Professor elaborated. He suggests solutions to Spain’s low birthrate, including tax relief and government assistance to mothers and families. Similar incentives could be used to promote businesses that adopt family-friendly policies. “On the other hand,” he concluded, “we must rethink the policy of abortion and free contraception, and study why people are afraid of marriage and parenting.”
Since 1976, Spain, under both anti-socialist and socialist governments, has passed laws that favor de facto couples that live together rather than regularly married ones. The government has facilitated separation and divorce. This policy is the exact opposite of what is needed.
This can be seen, for example, in the job market. Prof. Macarrón points out that the government effectively punishes women with children. Tax law discriminates in that incentives for working women are denied to mothers. “The State should at least be neutral.”
The demographic studies professor warns of the disastrous effects of these policies on the whole society. Both the number of women having children and the number of children that each mother bears have decreased. Continuing these policies will cause a “death spiral” and lead to “demographic suicide.” Unlike the economy, this deterioration is not explosive, and easily unperceived. Governments often fail to take measures to contain it because it acts like a cancer that gradually devours society.
Such words make sense. However, for this very reason, that probably will not appear in mainstream media.