“I don’t have the desire”: Why Uruguay’s birth rate is plummeting

"I don't feel the desire, I never dreamed of it," says Laura, 40, answering for the umpteenth time why she does not want to be a mother in Uruguay, a country of traditionally low fertility where the number of births in 2020 reached its historic low, after dropping sharply over the past 5 years.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "I also wonder if this is a society for having children. The world is already saturated. And it is ridiculous to think that we are going to become extinct because some people won't have children," Laura says, with arguments that she recites almost by heart, used to questions that often challenge her decision.

Lack of desire is far from being the only reason for low fertility, a multi-causal phenomenon widespread in the region, of which Uruguay is a historical leader.

Since the early 21st century, the 3.5 million inhabitants nation has fallen below . . .

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