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August 11, 2022

Poverty strangles Romania

The recent “March for life” was an ample an unique social protest against the abortions that are increasingly frequent in Romania. With many problems posed to public health, with disfiguring consequences also in psycho-moral terms. Before 1990, abortions were prohibited in Romania and in several other countries, so our “self-proclaimed professional revolutionaries” today accuse the legislation of the time for the – often fatal – risk of clandestine abortions, made without sanitary protection. Indeed, dozens of women died each year because of clandestine abortions and the tragedy befell the respective families, leaving many young children without their mothers.
But today nobody deplores the millions of children murdered in Romania, since 1990, when abortions were liberalised. Our Orthodox church preaches that “every child is a gift from God” and ignoring this ancient belief causes much trouble to present-day Romanian society.

The liberalisation of abortions stimulates sexual abuse, with many illnesses that prevent women from procreating after marriage, as they remain sterile for the rest of their lives. Plus, teenage girls and even preteens, unaware of their pregnancy until they are close to giving birth, abandon their newborns at birth, some even strangle them. This explains the fact that Romania has the highest child mortality rate in the EU and the biggest number of abandoned children.
The condemnable lack of parental and school education is not the only reason for the proliferation of abortions. Another cause is the terrible poverty that is keeping Romania in its grasp for many years, with many families not affording to have children because of unemployment that becomes more widespread and unpredictable each day, also because of lacking a home a.s.o. The same harsh poverty is the main cause of divorces, savage family violence, the dismantling of couples that leaves many minors with nobody to care for them, so they remain illiterate and are pushed toward antisocial entourages, illegal labour and sexual exploitation.
This tragic reality cannot be exclusively blamed on pregnant women. They are the only ones in measure to decide on the fate of the fetus, especially as day-to-day reality proves that the decision to make an abortion is explained by worsening living conditions, rather than irresponsible self-pride. Under the pressure of poverty, some 34 pc of Romania’s pregnant women never go to doctor before giving birth, because of either lack of transportation means, or of doctors. This state of facts is almost general in rural areas, where the medical personnel preponderantly emigrate abroad. This emigration is often painful also for emigrants, but still amplifies because the annual budget allocated to the Health sector in Romania is around 4 pc of the GDP, while the average figure in Europe is around 10 pc.
The big economic-social discrepancies between urban and rural areas increase every year. There is only one matter that is common today: the collapse of the demographic index. The Romanian village of today has lost its past role in the growth of the Romanian population, because it is the worst hit by poverty, which explains the emigration of villagers and, implicitly, the drop in the demographic index following the obstruction of births. Especially after 1990, abortions intensified to the stage that the number of sacrificed souls exceeds the actual population by more than 7 pc in the last years alone, and also the advancing process of population ageing.
A report of the European Parliament warned, some time ago, against the fact that the reduction and ageing of the population in EU countries tend to cause a crisis 10 times more severe than the economic crisis of today. The seriousness of this forecast is already perceptible in Romania, where the population of working age is dwindling each year. Meanwhile, the percentage of the population that reached the age of retirement grows with the ageing of the “decree generation” – the name given to the explosion of child births following Ceausescu’s decree that prohibited abortions. How and by whom will pensions be paid two decades from now? No ruling factor dares answering this question. It is known that Romania has sacrificed its future by borrowing tens of billions of EUR. Despite this reality, Romanian politicians of all orientations rival at making irresponsible electoral promises.
This damaging habit also proves that politicians are always living in the present, without the capacity of prediction that is mandatory for any ruler. This explains why the well-meant measures aimed at increasing the birth rate turn into their opposite. The material incentives granted to the poorest families have become a purpose in itself, sought mostly by the families hostile to any professionalization If the number of children would grow in these families, the demographic boost thus obtain would acquire a negative sense because it would be equivalent to higher illiteracy, hence an anti-professional depersonalization. Poverty amplifies precisely through the avoidance of any professional-productive activity by this “demographic surplus.” Thus, Romania risks becoming a semi-colony of the EU through its offer of untrained, cheap labour.
With this regard, it clearly results the truth that the development gaps between the countries of the world will widen or, on the contrary, will narrow in line with the investment made in Education by one country or another. This granting of priority to investments in education will allow countries to overcome the underdevelopment, also in demographic terms. This is a historic opportunity that each nation can use, depending on its awareness of the matter. It is precisely this awareness that regresses in Romania today, under the pressure of politicians who fight for administrative regionalisation and for removing schools from the national, organic system of education and placing them under the authority of local administrations, each having its specificities.
This demonstrates, once again, that it is the poor thinking of politicians that strangles Romania.

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