Life Site News: In his annual State of the Nation address this past Sunday, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced his proposed “Family Protection Action Plan,” a package of policies aimed at encouraging couples to marry and have children. Lots of children.
A key element of Orban’s plan would exempt women with four or more children from the income tax. His plan also offers women under 40 who are getting married for the first time special low-interest government loans of up to 10 million Hungarian Forints ($35,606 USD).
“Hungarian fertility rates have been below replacement for decades,” says Population Research Institute President Steven Mosher, “And its population has been shrinking since the 1980s. The Orban government hopes to turn this around, and quickly, by rewarding those who are generous in having children. After all, such couples are providing for Hungary’s future in the most fundamental way: by providing the next generation of Hungarians.”