Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 31, 2021 / 12:01 pm
"The results of the anti-natalist policies implemented in recent years predict a ‘demographic winter’" for Argentina, warned the digital newsletter Notivida.
In its May 26 issue, Notivida said that “the effects of the anti-natalist policies carried out in recent years and augmented by the current government (of President Alberto Fernández), presage that Argentina will not escape the 'demographic winter'" which prevails "in much of the world. "
The warning comes following the publication of statistics provided by the Fernández administration, which indicate that the number of births continues to decline markedly.
The number of births fell from 777,012 in 2014 to 625,441 in 2019, the lowest number of live births since 1980.
Similarly, the birth rate per 1,000 inhabitants fell from 18.2 in 2014 to 13.9 in 2019.
In 2014, the average number of children per woman was 2.32, but in 2019 it dropped to 1.81.
"Fertility fell sharply" to the point that Argentina has fallen “below the level of population replacement" of 2.1 children per woman, Notivida pointed out.
In 2014, during the administration of Cristina Fernández, the Ministry of Health began the distribution of the subdermal implant, a long lasting contraceptive aimed at women under 25 years of age.