Birth Rate

  • Demographic Winter.  This worldwide decline in population has been described by some as the “demographic winter.”  Many countries are not having enough children to replace the generation that is dying. 
To illustrate this, in many countries today, only the first child born to a family is given life.  In the U.S., only two children are born to each family.  Consider the children born just a few decades ago, who were child number 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 in a family.  Those children would not have been born if today’s trends had applied to them.  This is why this is called the “demographic winter.” 

The percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with no children living with them has more than doubled since 1967.

That being said, with respect to the number and spacing of children, the health of the mother must be considered, and is a decision to be made by husbands and wives.  Such decisions should never be judged by outsiders.  Some women are not able to have children, and some do not have the opportunity to marry.  (sources:  United States Census Bureau, Dec. 20, 2016; see http://blogs.census.gov/2016/12/20/no-kids-in-the-house-a-historical-look-at-adults-living-without-children; and http://www.byutv.org/show/5e819b00-5e99-4bf4-931e-c154d3c2dc8d/new-economic-reality-demographic-winter

Statistics
  • The birthrate in the United States is the lowest in 25 years.  One cause of this is the practice of abortion.  Worldwide, there are estimated to be more than 40 million abortions per year.  (See Gilda Sedgh and others, “Induced Abortion:  Incidence and Trends Worldwide from 1995 to 2008,” The Lancet, vol. 379, no. 9816 (Feb. 18, 2012), 625-32)   Abortion is not just a religious issue.  As rising generations diminish in numbers, cultures and even nations are hollowed out and eventually disappear.  (Source:  Haya El Nasser, “National Birthrate Lowest in 25 Years,” USA Today, July 26, 2012, Al.)
  • One cause of the diminishing birthrate is the practice of abortion.  Worldwide, there are estimated to be more than 40 million abortions per year.  (Source:  Gilda Sedgh and others, “Induced Abortion: Incidence and Trends Worldwide from 1995 to 2008,” The Lancet, vol. 379, no. 9816 (Feb. 18, 2012), 625–32)