Last year, Gary wrote that the declining birth rate might be good news for conservatives. If that is true, then this year may bring us more good news—though mixed with some bad.
CNSNews reports, “CDC U.S. Fertility Rate Hits Record Low For 2nd Straight Year; 40.7% Of Babies Born To Unmarried Women.”
The fertility rate of women in the United States fell to a record low for the second year in a row in 2012, according to data released last week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Also for the second year in a row, 40.7 percent of the babies born in the United States were born to unmarried mothers.
The fertility rate is the number of births per 1,000 women aged 15-44. In 2012–according to the Dec. 30, 2013 CDC report “Births: Final Data for 2012“–the U.S. fertility rate was 63.0. That was down from 63.2 in 2011, the previous all-time low.
“The 2012 general fertility rate (GFR) for the U.S. was 63.0 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44, down slightly (less than 1%) from the record low rate reported for the nation in 2011 (63.2),” said the CDC report.
The U.S. fertility rate has dropped from year-to-year for each of the last five years. In 2007, it was 69.3. In 2008, it was 68.1. In 2009, it was 66.2. In 2010, it was 64.1. In 2011, it was 63.2. And, in 2012, it was 63.0.
Since 1960, the fertility rate in the United States has declined 46.6 percent. In that year, 118 babies were born per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.
I suspect Democrats, who still accept depopulation superstitions, will continue to damage themselves. With Bill de Blasio promising to destroy crisis pregnancy centers in New York, where more than forty percent of all pregnancies already end in abortion, they seem committed to the idea that reduced numbers of people mean a better life for the rest of us. While that is not true of human beings in general; it is a fact that, if liberals mainly prevent liberal children from being born, our nation will be better off. I don’t wish abortion on any baby but if liberals are going to kill their young they are going to have to face up to the long term consequences.
That being said, I worry that even many conservatives have fallen prey to the defeatism that a recession can encourage. Economic bad news (like the impoverishment Obamacare is causing) can destroy the optimism that encourages the desire to have children.
Building a family cannot be put off forever on the part of a couple. Missing that window of opportunity to start larger family only perpetuates the economic hardship in the future.
Also, the over forty percent who are born out of wedlock could be really bad news in the future (though I am thankful their mothers did not turn to abortion). That is all the more reason to get busy and make babies in order to provide a better future. Conservative families can reduce this ratio simply by having more children.
We need a conservative slogan for young struggling married couples: “Don’t wait; procreate!”