The Catholic Church in Kerala is offering financial incentives to augment the number of its believers. Church-run hospitals in the state have decided to charge a mere Rs 10,000 instead of the usual Rs 40,000 from Catholic women wishing to reverse their tubectomy or recanalisation. The bishops hope a significant number of the faithful will now rethink their fallopian tubes. This comes as the latest in a series of exhortions by the church asking its members to go forth and multiply. Reason: Kerala’s Catholic population is declining due to emigration, abroad and to other states. The size of Christian families is also shrinking, thanks to family planning. Last year, the church scuttled a state family planning bill intended to fine families Rs 10,000 if they had a third child. The bill also planned to deny such families free education and treatment in government hospitals.
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