Mark Steyn’s daily dose of Europe-bashing takes up the debate in Germany over setting up places where overwhelmed mothers of newborn babies can abandon them. Steyn concludes:
Germany has one of the lowest fertility rates in Europe, net population loss, and a rapidly depopulating east that’s economically unsustainable. Thirty per cent of German women are childless, 40 per cent of female university graduates are childless, and its last election offered voters what Americans would regard as the statistically improbable choice of a childless man vs a childless woman. Meanwhile, the last gals in the country still in the procreation business have to be offered E-Z-trash drop-off bins in order to stop them tossing their bairns out the apartment window.
All this depravity and horror, Steyn gravely intones, makes it "harder not to conclude that parts of Europe are evolving into a kind of post-human society."
Man, that stings. I mean, you’ve got to sink pretty low as a society to offer mothers places where they can abandon their precious little newborn babies. Thank God America’s strong family values keep it from following Germany’s depraved lead. Except, of course, for those 40 naughty states that have already passed "secret safe place for newborns " acts basically identical to what Germany’s proposing. After a comparable outbreak of newborns being abandoned and strangled by desperate new mothers.
Oh, and by the way, Gerhard Schroeder has two children. They’re adopted, though, so perhaps that doesn’t count. Note to Monsieur Steyn: you can use the fact that they were adopted from Russia [cue threatening string glissandi] for your next juvenile crack! [Hat-tip, Ed Philp]