We're Bearing Up: U.S. Fertility Reaches Ideal Rate
WASHINGTON - For the first time in 35 years, the U.S. fertility rate has climbed high enough to sustain a stable population, solidifying the nation's unique status among industrialized countries.
The overall fertility rate increased 2 percent between 2005 and 2006, nudging the average number of babies being born to each woman to 2.1, according to the latest federal statistics. That marks the first time since 1971 that the rate has reached a crucial benchmark of population growth - the ability of each generation to replace itself.
"It's been quite a long time since we've had a rate this high," said Stephanie Ventura of the National Center for Health Statistics. "It's a milestone."...
I didn't see anything in this article regarding effects of invitro fertilization on the population statistics. All 3 of my nephews resulted from IVF, while my only niece was adpoted. Short answer for my own family's natural infertility is that my siblings did not marry and settle down until they became too old to conceive naturally.
Affluence of many western cultures tends to create an environment full of many "cool" things to do besides settling-down, which I tend to believe is most responsible for declining or static birth rates.
This is great news--though when I consider that I've got five kids, it seems that somebody's not doing their part! :^)
The Couple to Couple League that John mentions does, by the way, provide some really good information--though I certainly do not endorse many of the specifically Catholic parts of its presentation. I wish there were a fundamental equivalent of it!
This should be of no surprise with legal abortion (murder) and Born again Christian men allowing their wives to take the pill which causes abortions. Sorry men, just because science gives you more liberty with your bodies doesn't mean that God intended it to be so. Even though I do not agree with alot of the RCC's theology, this webiste is very though provoking in regards to how we treat our bodies. www.ccli.org Birthcontrol was very heavly preached against by our spiritual fathers in the faith earlier in the 19th century.