BIRTH DEARTH

 

The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your
neck are the arms of your children.
– Robert Orben

BIRTH DEARTH

WHY DOES IT MATTER? WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
By Anne O’Meara
May 20, 2021

A couple of weeks ago, the CDC announced alarming fertility news: The birth rate in the United States is now below replacement levels which means more people die every day in the US than are being born. In fact, in 2020, half of American states saw more deaths than births.[1] 

How did we get here?

“We’ve hit a record low birth rate in the United States (1.64 babies per American woman) and we’re well below the necessary replacement rate of 2.1 births per woman.” (Source: Has Legal Abortion Contributed to U.S. 'birth dearth'?) There are a number of contributing factors to this downward plunge. 
  • The financial instability resulting from a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has been a factor, but not necessarily a significant one, as the number of births fell for the sixth consecutive year in 2020.[2]
  • Parents are choosing to have fewer children, and fewer women are choosing to have babies at all. Abortion, of course, plays a role in this, with hundreds of thousands of babies aborted in the US each year. 
  • Our political climate and culture discourage people from having children. We only need to look to Hollywood to understand this. Repeatedly, we have seen celebrities claim they want a small family due to environmental concerns, “overpopulation” or similar reasons. All of these influences potentially result in people who want to have larger families feeling guilty.
  • Use of “birth control” options – contraceptive drugs and devices and surgical sterilization -- has become extremely common in the last 60 years.
  • Fertility rates are also at record lows. Rising divorce rates may be a contributing factor as lower fertility rates tend to result from uncertainty about the future of marriages.
  • We have also seen a shift in population from rural areas to cities. In the country, child labor is frequently viewed as an asset. In cities, additional children may be viewed as added costs.
  • Finally, increased educational opportunities for women has meant more participation in the paid work force, resulting in less time to raise children.
Why is the birth dearth a crucial issue?

Declining birth rates combined with an increase in life expectancy have led to an aging society whose number of taxpayers continues to shrink. One is left wondering how so few taxpayers will be able to support our aged baby boomers. We must recognize that the fewer children we have in our country, the more our elderly will be endangered. In fact, many experts believe the birth dearth will increase support for rationing health care resources and legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia. Witnessing the unprecedented, global battle with the coronavirus pandemic over the past year, we saw disturbing headlines regarding doctors and hospitals discussing the “necessity” of rationing ventilators and other “scarce” healthcare resources. Do we want health care rationing to become a permanent reality?

Changes in a country’s birth rate are not simply a data point; rather, birth rates relate to a society’s overall viability. As the birth dearth increasingly affects every facet of human life, it is not surprising that this issue is gripping the attention of leaders around the globe. Its magnitude transcends almost every other major concern.

With more and more Americans choosing not to bring children into the world, our nation is slowly dying. This slow death can be attributed to many different factors – a loss of religious faith, fewer marriages and more divorces, a society that has become more mobile and less rooted in family and community, a pandemic which has forced us all online and away from each other, and a host of other issues. 
Where do we go from here?

Here are four considerations for change.

  1. Educate yourself and others. A wealth of information is available from One More Soul (OMS), www.onemoresoul.com. OMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the truth about the blessings of children and the harms of contraception.
  2. Introduce economic policies that advantage parents (baby bonus programs, increased tax credits, etc.). After all, one of the top reasons for putting off having children is financial challenges.
  3. Stop funding organizations like Planned Parenthood who are waging a war to reduce our population.
  4. Start a debate around this issue so that everyone becomes aware. 
1 New Hampshire Among Half Of U.S. States That Saw More Deaths Than Births In 2020
2 More People in the U.S. Are Dying Than Being Born, According to the CDC
We need to look at life as being precious and fragile; one that sees life with all its grief, pains and trials, and understands our duty to pass the torch.
(Source: The Great American Birth Dearth has Arrived)

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