Latest Birth Stats Show U.S. Experiencing Underpopulation Due to Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 8, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Latest Birth Stats Show U.S. Experiencing Underpopulation Due to Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 8
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — With 52 million abortions and since 1973 and more than 1.2 million taking place every year one population expert says he is not surprised the United States is experiencing underpopulation problems. The latest stats from the CDC show the birth rate is under the replacement rate.

With the National Center for Health Statistics showing birth rate falling two percent in 2008, and below the replacement rate level of 2.1 children per woman, the U.S. doesn’t have the overpopulation concerns some clam.

"The 2008 preliminary estimate of the total fertility rate (TFR) was 2,085.5 births per 1,000 women, 2 percent lower than the rate in 2007 (2,122.5),” the report indicated.

The report said the number of births among teenagers also fell two percent.

Saying that children are "the only future" a country has, Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, talked about the new numbers with the Catholic News Agency.

“Children are an expression of hope in the future. With the downturn in housing prices, and the upswing in the unemployment rate, it is not surprising that many couples decided to defer having children until the economic downturn had corrected itself. We will, I predict, see a bigger drop in the birthrate in 2009, when the unemployment rate closed in on 10 percent, 9.3 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics," he said.

Mosher told CNA birth rates are falling in Europe for the same economic reasons.

He said nations such as Greece are seeing the problems that abortion can bring by lowering the population to the point that there are not enough workers to contribute to a nation’s economy.

“Look at present-day Greece, which is going over a demographic cliff because of a scarcity of children. Too few young people are entering the work force to replace retiring workers, entitlement spending is increasing at the same time that tax revenues are leveling off, and the government is technically bankrupt," he told CNA.

A new UN report finds that the global trend of fertility decline and population aging will have devastating economic and societal effects on the developing world, particularly on women who are now targeted by UN agencies to further reduce fertility.

“World Population Ageing 2009” was published in December 2009 by the UN Population Division, a statistics research branch within the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Because fertility is decreasing in the developing world, there will be fewer and fewer workers to support aging citizens, the report found.

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