Hey, who needs abortion on demand when you can just control the population through a miserable economy?
U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children.
But there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent – not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years.
“It may be that the effect of the recession is slowly coming to an end,” said Carl Haub, a senior demographer with the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization.
Most striking in the new report were steep declines in Hispanic birth rates and a new low in teen births. Hispanics have been disproportionately affected by the flagging economy, experts say, and teen birth rates have been falling for 20 years.
Considering how teens are giving the whole menu of birth control options, usually behind the backs of their parents, one would hope the teen pregnancy rate has fallen. As to the plummeting Hispanic rate of birth, if the roles were reversed we’d be hearing about ethnic cleansing by now.