We are not unique. In some countries like China, which enforced a 'one child' policy, the right to use abortion as a gender determinant has resulted in far more males than females. Given the inherent patriarchal nature of western societies, it is likely that the same results would appear in Canada, especially as more and more families are making the decision to have one (or no) children.
These are the results of our societal experimentation trying to change the rules and definitions of our societal covenant. The proliferation of abortions, the emphasis on material goods and the maintenance of the demand for the 'good life', even though we could not afford to do so forever. There are certain economic and cultural consequences that have made themselves evident. There is a certain 'societal malaise' that, for the first time in human history, has led the entire Western world to choose not to at least replace itself. This would seem to be either evidence that this generation is too selfish, too focused upon its wants rather than its needs, or simply incapable to doing what was needed to continue its culture and prosperity for the generation that is following.
|BFO - Ontario logo: The intent is to express the reality of bereavement but it's an appropriate image for the demographic future of Western nations.|
This is not a warning that is coming only from religious institutions. Politicians as diverse from Lucien Bouchard and Vladimir Putin have said the same. The Vanier Institute of the Family, an Ottawa think tank, has also published a report recently which exposes some of the difficulties that the current demographic trends are causing in Canada.
Family Life in Flux