Pandemic spawns fertility crisis down south in Europe

Fertility gap grows wider between richer north and the poorer south as southern regions put a pause on babies

01 December 2020 - 20:05 By Catarina Demony and Gavin Jones

“It’s time to become a mom,” was the push-notification hundreds of Portuguese women received on their cellphones last month.

The text, sent by a private hospital in Lisbon trying to drum up clients for its maternity unit, caused outrage on social media, with some women saying the middle of a pandemic and recession is the worst possible time to have a baby...

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