Japanese women and men expect to live the longest | Source & courtesy – economist.com; Dec 11th 2009 | Click for image.
Japan is already there.
People in Japan have to work late in their lives – when by all logic and reason, they should be at home – in retirement or care.
But acute labour shortage, small families, late marriages are forcing the elderly in Japan to work.
High mortality rates of men in Russia has forced the government to announce incentives for families to have a second child.
USA is growing its labour force by Mexican and Asian migrants, principally from India and China. Western Europe manages its labour shortage with controlled immigration from Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia to a lesser degree.
Image source & courtesy – businessweek.com
China is torn between a looming crisis – and publicly recanting its faulty population policy. Young people in China make do with ‘solitary sex’.
Apart from these four major economies, in country after country State intervention has wreaked havoc.
Lure of the State
And Anuj Chopra here wants the State to intervene, regulate, dictate, control reproduction.
His excuse for State intervention?
A few (maybe a few hundred elderly women) decided to have children. Much like the patronizing treatment and media circus around the Octomom Nadya Suleman, a few years ago.
In recent years, thousands of fertility clinics have cropped up around India, spawning a new industry of “fertility tourism” for reproductively challenged couples from around the world. They are the medical equivalent of dollar stores, offering IVF treatment at a fraction of the cost in developed economies, and often without the strict regulations and waiting periods that elsewhere make the procedure a logistical nightmare. IVF — along with other reproductive specialties like surrogacy (the world-famous “womb-for-rent” business), hormone therapy, and gamete (egg or sperm) donation — are part of India’s flourishing fertility treatment business, on track to blossom into a $2.3 billion enterprise in 2012 according to the lobby group Confederation of Indian Industry. The sector, described as a “pot of gold” in a report by the Indian Law Commission, has earned India the dubious reputation of being the world’s baby factory.
Fertility clinics aren’t just serving the international market, they’re increasingly serving the domestic market as well. And regulation has not kept pace with the proliferation of clinics as India emerges as the Wild West of fertility. In recent years, facilities have been accused of a litany of shocking abuses — from exploiting impoverished women who became surrogate mothers to prescribing unapproved fertility drugs to delivering “stateless babies” who are refused citizenship by both their mother’s country and their Indian birthplace.
The Indian government is gearing up to pass a new law to regulate the fertility business, prepared by a 12-member committee of the Indian Council of Medical Research and expected to be tabled in parliament in the coming months. It mandates that all fertility clinics be registered with the government; spells out specific guidelines for the sourcing, purchase and storage of gametes; and also explicitly enumerates the health and legal rights of surrogate mothers and babies delivered by them.
But one pressing issue has remained beyond the purview of regulation: How old is too old to get pregnant?
In 2008, Rajo Devi Lohan, an Indian woman from a tiny village in the northern state of Haryana, became the world’s oldest mother at the age of 70. About a year and a half later, Bhateri Devi, a 66-year-old from the same state, became the world’s oldest woman to give birth to triplets.
In India, as in many other countries, medically assisted procreation techniques have long been the preserve of the upper-class elite. But in recent years, with proliferating clinics hawking cheap treatment, it is fast becoming the trend du jour among middle- and working-middle class couples, including the elderly. (via The World’s Baby Factory – By Anuj Chopra | Foreign Policy).
The problem of stagnant economies! (Cartoonist – Chip Bok; published on 2005-06-05; source and courtesy – cartoonistgroup.com).
Anuj Chopra thinks that the English-speaking, Western-educated elites in India know better.
Anuj, before you waste so much paper to print snooty and silly theories, and burn electricity on server farms that host such web-pages, check with reality.
Wake up – and smell the coffee.
India does not face a demographic dead-end, because Indians ignored English-speaking, Western-educated elites in India like you.