According to WebMD and the Washington Post, fertility rates in the United States have been declining for decades, and as far as the latest governmental reports are concerned, this trend is continuing. They attribute the low rates mostly to the lower number of teen pregnancies, but I’m not so sure.
The National Center for Health Statistics said the pregnancy rate of 102 pregnancies out of every 1,000 women is 12 percent below the 1990 peak of about 116 per 1,000. Only once in the past 30 years, 1997, has it been lower, and only marginally, the center said.
Since 1990, pregnancy rates are down in almost every category – the only exception being women over 30, whose rate has increased steadily every year. But the rate is declining among 20-something women, as well as teenagers of all races and ethnicities. The abortion rate has also dropped, since peaking in 1990.
The report only looked at the trajectory of pregnancy rates through 2009, and it stopped there because more recent abortion data isn’t available yet. But newer stats on birth rates suggest the decline is continuing, although not as quickly as it did when the recession happened. Infertility seems to be a byproduct of an economic crisis. When the once-middle class becomes poor, they don’t have children. Another effect of the economic troubles is the fact that men are not inclined these days to stick around and father children, and if they do, it’s almost always capped off at one or two children.
In some countries, male-female relations may be a bigger impediment than money. Boling says women may be deciding, “Look, if it’s all me and I’m doing all of the child rearing and maybe working outside the home as well, and you’re having a drink with your buddies every night, forget it. … I don’t want to have any kids.”
Single moms are on the rise, and in affluent communities, too. There’s been a paradigm shift away from the family unit in general, and what is considered a “normal” family now is what was unacceptable 50 years ago. This is not a good thing, despite what the mainstream media tries to tell you. Recent studies have shown that being childless can shorten your lifespan.
“What happened was a postponement of births among younger women with a longer time horizon,” said Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist specializing in family issues. “Women over 30 couldn’t wait that much longer.”
While the recession’s affect on birth rates seems to be easing up, the huge drop in teenage pregnancies shows little signs of stopping. For example, the teen pregnancy rate in 2009 was only about 38,000 girls, which was a whopping 39% lower than in 1991. The record low was in 2012: only 29,000 pregnant teens.
One of the report’s authors, Sally Curtin, said the decline is driven by a long, downward tend of fewer teens having sex, and a higher use of contraception with those who do. This I disagree with: I think more teens are having sex…safer sex.)
“It’s as if both sides in the debate over teen pregnancy were right,” said Cherlin, noting that concerns over the AIDS epidemic may have played a role in the growing use of condoms among teenage boys.
“AIDS has forced many school districts to talk about contraception, even if they didn’t want to,” he said.
Teen pregnancy rates there have plummeted, down to less than 25% of where they were 20 years ago, according to Brenda Rhodes Miller, director of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
In 1993, the rate of pregnancy in teens aged 15-19 was about 239/1,000. By 2011, it was under 55.
“The decline has been amazing,” she said, adding that the reasons for it are not clear.
As it turns out, teen pregnancy rates are going down in every ward, she said. However, it has declined more slowly in low-income areas than the others, indicating that low-income teens are less likely to be able to afford condoms, and often feel weird about asking for free ones from the school or at a clinic. More than 500 of the 879 births to teens in Washington, D.C. were in residents of those two lowest-income areas.
Looked at over the course of a year, the drop isn’t that much. In wealthier ares, though, the rate dropped by double digit percentages.
Even with the declining pregnancy rates, the U.S. still has one of the highest overall birth rates among first-world countries ; However, it is important to point out the problem of population decline in those countries, with some governments going as far as to pay their citizens to have children.
Even developing countries like Brazil and Iran have seen their birth rates drop.
This can be good for a little while. With a young workforce and fewer babies to take care of, a country can show enormous growth.
But then people start to get old, and governments say uh-oh.
“Who’s going to pay the bills? Who’s going to pay for pensions?” says , a political scientist at Purdue.
In many countries, including the U.S., workers pay for retirees’ pensions. Fewer kids means fewer workers funding those pensions.
So governments around the world have started paying for babies.
In Australia, you can get a baby bonus — payments of about $6,000 over the baby’s first year. In Germany, it’s paid childcare leave — up to $35,000 over the course of a year.
The nations with the highest birth rates are all in Africa, not in first-world nations. Yes, it’s true that they live in desperate poverty, where half of the children don’t make it to age 12 and the HIV/AIDS rate is higher than anywhere else in the world. But what does that say about us, and the oligarchy we’re ruled under?
It says that the “population bomb” propaganda from people like Bill Gates, Ted Turner and Warren Buffet, is all wrong. Overpopulation isn’t the problem: The problem is deliberately poor city planning to begin with combined with mass poisoning of the populations with soft-kill weaponry (on the citizens of industrialized nations) and hard-kill weaponry/experimentation for a coming bioattack (on the third world).
This is by no means an “accident” that the elites’ goal this entire time has been population reduction, and we magically have programs instituted by their own people that accomplish just that. To prove to the reader this is so, I’ll just let them tell you just how they feel about you:
“Climate Ethics and Population Policy”: “Ending human population growth is almost certainly a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for preventing catastrophic global climate change. Indeed, significantly reducing current human numbers may be necessary in order to do so.“
– Colorado State University professor Philip Cafaro
– Paul Ehrlich
“Childbearing [should be] a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license … All potential parents [should be] required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”
– David Brower, the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club
“Since the national attention is on birth control, here’s my idea: If we want to fight poverty, reduce violent crime and bring down our embarrassing drop-out rate, we should swap contraceptives for fluoride in Michigan’s drinking water. We’ve got a baby problem in Michigan. Too many babies are born to immature parents who don’t have the skills to raise them, too many are delivered by poor women who can’t afford them, and too many are fathered by sorry layabouts who spread their seed like dandelions and then wander away from the consequences.”
– Detroit News columnist Nolan Finley
“A program of sterilizing women after their second or third child, despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be easier to implement than trying to sterilize men.
The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin and removed when pregnancy is desired opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births.”
– Barack Obama’s primary science adviser, John P. Holdren
– Ted Turner
– Margaret Sanger
“I’m pro-choice, I’m for assisted suicide, I’m for regular suicide, I’m for whatever gets the freeway moving – that’s what I’m for. It’s too crowded, the planet is too crowded and we need to promote death.”
– Mediocre comedian Bill Maher
“All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides.”
– Salon columnist Mary Elizabeth Williams, in an article entitled “So What If Abortion Ends Life?”:
“The only known solution to ecological overshoot is to decelerate our population growth faster than it’s decelerating now and eventually reverse it—at the same time we slow and eventually reverse the rate at which we consume the planet’s resources. Success in these twin endeavors will crack our most pressing global issues: climate change, food scarcity, water supplies, immigration, health care, biodiversity loss, even war. On one front, we’ve already made unprecedented strides, reducing global fertility from an average 4.92 children per woman in 1950 to 2.56 today—an accomplishment of trial and sometimes brutally coercive error, but also a result of one woman at a time making her individual choices. The speed of this childbearing revolution, swimming hard against biological programming, rates as perhaps our greatest collective feat to date.”
– Mother Jones writer Julia Whitty
“There is a single theme behind all our work–we must reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way, through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control, it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it…”
– Thomas Ferguson, former official in the U.S. State Department Office of Population Affairs
“In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it is just as bad not to say it.”
– Jacques Costeau
“[W]hen circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible. … [W]e propose to call this practice ‘after-birth abortion’, rather than ‘infanticide,’ to emphasize that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus … rather than to that of a child. Therefore, we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be. Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an (at least) acceptable life, but the well-being of the family is at risk.”
– Alberto Giubilini of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and Francesca Minerva of the University of Melbourne in a paper published in the Journal of Medical Ethics
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