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President Roh proposes a society encouraging childbirths

January 12, 2006

President Roh Moo-hyun proposed Tuesday (Jan. 10) a Korean society in which childbirth should not be something to fear but to facilitate, and that heading for such facilitation should be one of this year's greatest preparations for the future.

“Now that we have overcome a bout of crises, we have to prepare for the future, most important of which will be to cope with an aging society and the era of a low-birth rate,” said Roh at an opening ceremony for feminist causes held at the Korean Women's Development Institute.

Noting that since having a child or not pertains to an individual's view of values and social culture, Roh said one can hardly force people to, but they should not get off with the excuses of the fear of rearing and educating children....

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