Why don’t the Republicans and Russians just merge?
In the halls of the ungodly Russians there has emerged legislation that would thrill a conservative Christian anti-abortionist.
The reasoning is different from the US: Putin needs soldiers for his armies, and his women are not stepping up to deliver them (as it were). But the effect is the same as the wildest dream of the right-wing Republicans.
Russia now has about 1.5 births per woman, which is below the rate of 2.1 needed to maintain the population. Russia’s low fertility rate has been a key priority for the Kremlin since Putin came to power, but previous interventions, such as more state benefits for mothers, have not had the desired effect.
And in conditions of uncertainty, such as a war and a tumbling economy, many couples will continue to postpone having children for some time until the situation stabilizes. In 2024, Russia is likely to see an even further decline in the birth rate.
According to Zalina Marshenkulova, an activist and prominent Russian feminist blogger: “[The authorities] want to turn the population into silent slaves. They don’t want us to study or to better ourselves but to act as fresh meat for the powers that be. Gentlemen politicians won’t send their children to the slaughter, but when it comes to poor Russians’ children? Yes, please.”
Terminating a pregnancy had always been a legal and widely available procedure in Russia. It has been extensively used by women who see themselves in an impossible bind.
They live in an impoverished society. More than one in five Russians live on less than ten dollars a day, and 21-million people live on less than two dollars a day.
Women live in families that are rarely full and rarely nuclear.
Their domestic environment is uncertain: Russia tops the world for divorce rates. About 75 percent of marriages ended in divorce and the average duration of a marriage is about ten years.