In an effort to combat Italy’s alarmingly low birth rate, the Italian Ministry of Health launched a campaign announcing the 22nd of September as “Fertility day”. The campaign has been met with anger and upset feelings from the left.

Last year Italy experienced the lowest birth rate since it united as one country in 1861. Being well below the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman, Italy is facing what Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin called an “apocalypse”.

Italy is sadly not alone with this problem, as most European countries battle declining birth rates. Therefore it could be seen as a light in the tunnel when the Italian health ministry launched a campaign for more Italien children, but the problem is that the government has not fully understood the roots of this gigantic problem.

Robert Fiore: “Too little, too late”

The president of Alliance for Peace and Freedom, Roberto Fiore, who is also the chairman of the Italian nationalist party Forza Nuova, is not very impressed by the campaign.

— The campaign is too little too late. More than that it examines the issue at a medical level or nearly zoological level, he says to

The veteran nationalist, and father of eleven, believes that the state needs to tackle this from another angle.

— For a decent campaign we need the involvement of the state with serious and strong help to young couples and investment in children. But let’s not forget that the highest birth growth in the world is Gaza where there is no welfare, but just the will to preserve a people. So a campaign has to hit the heart of people with the idea of preservation of civilization and tradition, says Fiore.

Two of the campaign posters for Fertility Day

Two of the campaign posters for Fertility Day

The campaign gets attacked from the left

That a campaign aimed at bringing more European children to the world would get criticized by the family hostile left probably comes as no surprise.

— What women here need is the same opportunities men have in the workforce, affordable child care and a generation of Italian men who can do their fair share at home, means bed and breakfast owner Rebecca Winke in an interview with USA Today.

Alessandra Fortuna, 23, a Rome waitress, is also critical of the campaign: “The only thing this sloppy campaign shows is that the Ministry of Health has no idea about the challenges regular women face.”

The core of the problem

While this campaign, as Robert Fiore points out, only focuses on the medical level when it’s talking about “the biological clock”, there are other ways to go about it. But firstly we need to understand why we’re in this position to begin with.

The attack on the traditional family has been going on for decades. With the so called “sexual revolution”, the birth control pill and abortions the very act of child making has been degraded to mere pleasure consumption. And at the same time the feminist movement, state policies benefiting single mothers and the disparaging of marriage has put natural order out of balance.

When the opponents of Fertility day calls for “more opportunities for women in the workforce” and “more affordable (i.e. state subsidized) child care” they’re actually asking for more of what has gotten us into this situation in the first place.

It is clear that the modern welfare state sees strong families as a threat. A woman depending on the state is much better for the state than a woman depending on her husband, so the modern state makes sure to give women more benefits if they divorce their husbands or, better up, never marries.

In Sweden single women, since April 2016, has the right to fertility treatment, paid by the public healthcare system. The new law was met with cheers from the left-wing establishment, and author Josefin Olevik happily announced that she is now “married to the state”.

Is there a solution?

What Italy, and the rest of Europe needs, is not more feminism or women focusing on their careers. It’s also not “opportunities” to get pregnant without a husband, which only can be classified as institutionalized child abuse.

What we need is the return of the traditional family, and with that traditional gender roles. But it is also crucial to bring back a sense of nationalism; of duty and responsibility to your fellow countrymen.

A strong people filled with pride wants to bring more children into this world. It’s not about having the optimal financial situation, it’s about understanding that the family is the natural foundation of society, and that strong families never should be seen as a threat to the state, but as a necessity for its survival.