Saturday, August 23, 2008

Empty Cribs

From the International Herald Tribune:

American women are waiting longer to have children, and more than ever are choosing not to have children at all, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Twenty percent of American women from the ages of 40 to 44 have no children, double the level of 30 years ago, the report says, and women in that age bracket who do have children have fewer than ever - an average of 1.9, compared with the median of 3.1 in 1976.

The only group bucking the trend: Hispanic women, who average 2.3 children. Hence the demographic transformation of the country continues apace.

"The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower… You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the LORD your God" (Deuteronomy 28:43, 62).

For past thoughts see here, here, here, and here.


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