It is one of the most ironic facts in modern day history. European and industrialized Asian countries, having led the way in providing state-sponsored abortions for their womenfolk, are now in a struggle for their survival because...
...they are shrinking.
An article at Mercatornet.com indicates that no country 's birth rate has ever recovered if the birth rate drops below 1.5 children per woman. In Korea, the rate is already 1.16.
On the face of it, it makes plenty of sense, really. If you kill your babies, you're going to have fewer people. But what happens if you become culturally addicted to killing your babies? And add to that the strange modern trend of higher rates of infertility. After awhile the aging population cannot be supported by the much smaller younger population. If this were your problem, what would you do?
Some of the things being tried in Europe and Japan: In Portugal they are debating making those with fewer children pay more into their retirement accounts, a sensible idea. At the other end of the practical spectrum, some local governments in Japan are subsidizing speed dating. Speed dating. Do they, I mean really, think that if they speed up the time it takes to line up a date they'll speed up the rate of population increase? I suppppppose that might work. I guess I'd like to see the studies.
Suffice it to say this is a real problem, particularly among Europe's relatively "small" countries. The latest, hippest idea is IVF--in vitro fertilization. See the article cited above to read about that.
For a map showing birthrates worldwide, see this
What is that German word meaning "pleasure deriving from someone else's misfortune"? Schadenfreud. I'm tempted, but I'm not going there.