America's fertility rate falling, now lower than France's

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  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Aug. 17, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    Sociologists explain many of the factors that reduce birthrates in differnet countries. For example, India has a very high birthrate because it's the parents only source of a retirement to live with sons that can support them in old age. many families treat the girls very badly and actually name them Nakusa, "Unwanted" in the local Marathi language.

    Lowering birthrates are often a function of adults informal cost/benefit analyisis. Sad but true. In agriculture you need sons. In the US it doesn't matter but kids will never be expected to literally support thier parents financial. The parents will however have considerable cost to raise thier kids and educate them to a level they can compete in the workforce.

    In places like Africa the birthrates are high because infant mortality is so high.

  • Autumn Cook Lehi, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    I'd be interested in seeing a map indicating the fertility rates of each state. It would be very interesting to see if there is much variance between states and regions of the country.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    "However, Mormons are still growing"

    Well...the LDS church is 1.7% of the population and has been holding steady at that for decades. Sure that's more than what can be said about most faiths but... holding steady when you are tops (or near tops) in kids/family is actually below expectation since one would expect the church that has higher rates of making babies to grow in terms of percent of population.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    I say good news to this. Everyone who is stuck in freeway traffic, furious at having to coexist with their fellow human beings in such density should also think twice about whether endless population growth is really a great thing. Once the populations of China and India begin in earnest to consume resources at the rate of Americans and western Europeans, you'll definitely begin to wonder if more is always better.

    Mitt Romney's comment is typical conservative religious blather that implies those of us with smaller families care less for our children or have "eroded morality". If you want to make the economic argument that an expanding economy requires an expanding population, fine, but keep your religious interpretations out of it. "Multiply and replenish the earth" is vague and does not necessarily mean "multiply to the point where water supply, food production, clean air, and ecological integrity are all severely strained."

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Aug. 17, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    Mitt Romney is certainly one to talk about "eroding faith in the Creator" and "disrespect for the sanctity of life"…but yes, he is actually right about all that. And now it applies to the U.S. as well. However, Mormons are still growing. :-)