Lowering the boom
Not sure how this stacks up to what's going on in the Great Pink North but it looks like the US is having a baby boom.
A wedding boom too?
Not so much:
Behind the number is both good and bad news. While it shows the U.S. population is more than replacing itself, a healthy trend, the teen birth rate was up for a second year in a row.
So how's that abstinence-only education thing working for ya? Or how about that business of locking up condoms in glass cases at the drugstore? Or allowing pharmacists to get all righteous on women and refuse to dispense the pill?
And then ''pro-lifers'' and ''pro-family values'' types get all uppity about abortion?
To continue from the article:
For a variety of reasons, it's become more acceptable for women to have babies without a husband, said Duke University's S. Philip Morgan, a leading fertility researcher.
Even happy couples may be living together without getting married, experts say. And more women — especially those in their 30s and 40s — are choosing to have children despite their single status.
Which might explain the rise of the men's rights advocates.
Seems to me the US is really messed up reproduction-wise. Not only does it have a high teen pregnancy rate, it has a high infant mortality rate. At the same time at the moralists say kids should abstain from sex, they take away the information and tools they would need to keep themselves healthy.
The good news is, experts predict that the recession will mean fewer births.
But, if people cut off the cable to save money during the recession, what else is there to do at night?