Armed with a militant dedication to see communism progress, Nicolae Ceauşescu outlawed abortion and decreed heavy taxation to anyone who failed to produce children by the age of twenty five.
It was the first of many disastrous policies put into place by the Ceauşescu regime in the hopes of raising up an army of people to live out communist theory under his rule.
Contraception was also banned in 1966 and by the end of the decade the population had risen significantly; Unfortunately, the socioeconomic status for the typical Romanian family, had not. Poverty rose at an alarming rate and women were encouraged to turn their children over to state-run institutions.
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