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  • US has slowest population growth rate in a century as births decline

    12/30/2019 1:44:56 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 30, 2019 | The Guardian
    The past year’s population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and the slowdown of international migration, according to figures released Monday by the US Census Bureau. The US grew from 2018 to 2019 by almost a half per cent, or about 1.5 million people, with the population standing at 328 million this year, according to population estimates. That’s the slowest growth rate in the US since 1917 to 1918, when the nation was involved in the first world war, said William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings...
  • The Affordable, Effective Alternative to IVF No One Talks About

    12/15/2019 12:34:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Natural Womanhood ^ | December 15, 2019 | Cassie Moriarty
    With increasing rates of infertility and higher average rates of maternal age, people are turning to assisted reproductive technologies (ART) like in vitro fertilization (IVF) more than ever. More than 8 million babies have been born since the first IVF pregnancy in 1978. Recognizing the emotional agony of dealing with trouble conceiving, it makes sense why IVF is becoming so widely used. IVF provides a glimmer of hope for couples who have faced numerous cycles of negative pregnancy tests. But recently, some light has been shed on less positive aspects of the ART industry, revealing inflated success rates, maternal and...
  • Why Evangelicals Should Rethink Contraception, Part Three

    12/06/2019 1:01:35 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 131 replies
    The Stream ^ | Aug '18 | Julie Roys
    Like most of my colleagues, I intended to have two, maybe three kids. And like them, I thought the Catholic view of sex and contraception was ridiculous. That was about 25 years ago. Since then, I’ve discovered Theology of the Body (TOB) — Pope John Paul II’s biblical analysis of what it means to be human. This radically transformed my view of the body, human sexuality — and in turn, birth control. And now, I don’t think the Catholic view is ridiculous. I think it’s biblical. And though I’m not dogmatic about it, I, like a growing number of evangelicals,...
  • Teens pledge not to have kids without action on climate change

    09/22/2019 7:42:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 90 replies ^ | 9/21/2019 | staff
    Teenagers have been bursting into the conversation surrounding climate change — passionately advocating for the planet and their future living on it. But this college student is making her activism even more personal by pledging not to have children until leaders take action. Canadian teen Emma Lim told CBS News she made the decision a few months ago not to have children in the future due to the climate crisis. "Because even though I want to have children more than almost anything, what kind of a mother would I be if I brought a baby into a world where I...
  • CDC: US fertility rates fall to all-time low

    07/29/2019 7:01:54 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 59 replies
    Fox 5 NY ^ | July 27, 2019 | Robert Valencia
    American women are having fewer children than ever before, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The general fertility rate declined two percent between 2017 and 2018 among girls and women aged 15 to 44, while the teen birth rate dropped seven percent in the same time frame. This news comes after a separate report revealed that the nation’s total fertility rate was beneath what is needed for the population to replace itself.
  • Merkel Praises “Squad” [semi-satire]

    07/22/2019 12:18:13 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 July 2019 | John Semmens
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized President Trump’s recent tweets about the four female congresswomen known as the “Squad,” calling his perspective “short-sighted.” “What President Trump is trying to do is a futile attempt to prevent the future from happening,” Merkel said. “Anyone who has a brain has to be aware of the fact that Islam is the wave of the future. In accord with this reality, I’ve overseen the immigration of nearly two million Muslims into Germany since I’ve been chancellor. These fierce and fertile people will restore Germany to its rightful place on the continent and in the world.”...
  • Parents whose baby was born to Queens couple after IVF flub break silence, sue fertility clinic

    07/10/2019 8:07:45 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 12 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 10, 2019 | Nancy Dillon
    California couple Anni and Ashot Manukyan say they were delivered into a nightmare when a horrific in vitro fertilization mix-up led to the implantation of their embryo in a complete stranger living in Queens. The Flushing woman later gave birth to their son in New York on March 31 alongside another baby boy from yet another pair of strangers. No one comprehended the monumental mistake until the shocked Queens woman saw the infant boys and realized they didn’t match either her Korean-American background or the two female embryos she created with her husband and consented to having implanted.
  • 12 Reasons Men Should Choose Natural Birth Control

    06/09/2019 1:32:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Natural Womanhood ^ | October 19, 2014 | Gerard Migeon
    Some children in the inner city context grow up never knowing anything else. So when they’re exposed to a country setting, the mountains, the beach, it may be exciting, but it can also be uncomfortable and even scary for them. They’d rather retreat back to the confined, polluted and unsafe environment they’re used to. But we can all agree that they miss out. In the same way, most men have been conditioned to women being on contraceptives. They can hardly imagine the world without them and they need help (hello women!) being taken there for the first time and shown...
  • Why is male reproductive health declining?

    06/09/2019 1:16:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    Natural Womanhood ^ | Jaunary 16, 2016 | Natural Womanhood
    Male reproductive health has been in decline since the 1960’s. Once considered a global problem by the 1992 study “Evidence for decreasing quality of semen during past 50 years,”[i] it has been shown that the decline in semen quality is largely limited to Western countries.[ii] Specific studies, largely carried out in the 90′s, showed falling sperm counts: - in Belgium— where the “percentage of candidate donors with sperm characteristics below the 5th percentile cut-off value of a normal fertile population increased from 13 to 54% during the [19 year] observation period.”[iii] - in Canada — where overall sperm quality showed...
  • Hint of Possible Democrat “Dream Ticket” [semi-satire]

    05/27/2019 11:09:52 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 May 2019 | John Semmens
    A convergence of policy ideas between two of the 23 Democratic presidential candidates has progressives giddy over what some are calling a “dream ticket” pairing that could revive the flagging fortunes of two contenders mired in low single digits in the polls. One of these candidates is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) who unveiled a proposal that would require insurance companies to provide fertility treatments. She explained her idea would “usher in full reproductive freedom rights for everyone. As it now stands, persons who cannot conceive are blocked from enjoying the right to abortion. It is fundamentally unfair that those who...
  • US birth rates hit 32-year low, not enough to replace population

    05/19/2019 9:30:20 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 56 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/5/19 | Sarah Rubenstein
    A United States government report released last week showed a record low in the birth rate in the United States for women in their teens and 20s - the lowest rate in 32 years. The report also showed that the total fertility rate in the US is expected to be 1.73 children per woman through their child-bearing years, a drop of 2% from last year. Last year's total births were 3.7888 million, which is the lowest since 1986. This is the fourth year that the birth rate has fallen. The 1.73% fertility rate means that today's US generation is not...
  • America just had its lowest number of births in 32 years, report finds

    05/15/2019 9:57:47 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | May 15, 2019 | Jacqueline Howard
    America's fertility rate and the number of births nationwide are continuing to decline. The number of births for the United States last year dropped to its lowest in about three decades, according to provisional data in a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Even though the number of births we've seen in 2018 is the lowest that we've seen in 32 years, the total fertility rate is at a record low," said Brady Hamilton, a natality expert at the center and first author of the report.
  • New Shocking Reasons Hormonal Contraceptives Tank Women’s Sex Drive

    05/05/2019 5:19:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    Natural Womanhood ^ | May 4, 2019 | Grace Stark
    One of the greatest paradoxes about birth control is that, while it may make sex seem more available to women, many women taking the drugs feel less in the mood. The connections between hormonal contraceptives and symptoms of low libido are long established. But research reveals further reasons women may be experiencing less sexual pleasure while on the Pill, ring, patch, implant, or IUD. Not only have hormonal contraceptives been shown to significantly decrease women’s testosterone levels, and lead to severe depression and suicide attempts . . .
  • How Observing Birth Control Side Effects Drove One OBGYN to Offer Fertility Awareness

    03/31/2019 6:07:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Natural Womanhood ^ | March 27, 2019 | Margaret Brady
    Frustrated. Immobilized. That’s how Dr. Summer Holmes Mason felt a few years into her practice. As a board-certified OBGYN, she was dedicated to helping women manage their health. And often, that involved offering her patients contraception, like the Pill. “Prescribing contraception was bread and butter gynecology for me,” she says. “It was probably one of the largest tools I had in my arsenal as an OBGYN to treat medical issues.” The medication was meant to help. But soon, Dr. Holmes Mason noticed a trend. “After a couple of years, I realized people were coming back to me with more side...
  • ‘The migraines stopped’: Why more women have gone off birth control pills

    02/17/2019 7:21:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    Global News ^ | February 10, 2019 | Laura Hensley
    Kelsie Bryson says the excruciating migraines started around 2008, when she was 18 years old. They would come about once a month and cause what the now 28-year-old Bryson calls “really terrifying side effects.” “I would experience numbness in the right side of my body — including in my mouth, which would prevent me from talking for 15 or so minutes at a time — vomiting and confusion,” she told Global News. “I would be at work, and suddenly, it would be hard to read words or speak. I would bump into things and then my body would go numb....
  • When Your Birth Control Implant Doesn’t Stay In Your Arm: The Truth about Nexplanon

    01/13/2019 4:24:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Natural Womanhood ^ | January 12, 2019 | Grace Stark
    You know the one, with all of the stylishly dressed young women killing it in the workplace, telling you that they’ve “armored up” against an unplanned pregnancy? It’s clever enough, as the Nexplanon implant goes into one’s arm. Unfortunately, Merck (the makers of Nexplanon) may have to come up with another clever slogan for their device, as reports have surfaced that the matchstick-sized implant has a nasty habit of migrating elsewhere in a woman’s body, instead of staying put in her arm. Like other methods of long-acting reversible contraception (or, “LARCs”), the Nexplanon implant is increasingly favored by patients and...
  • Another decline in American exceptionalism: The falling fertility rate

    01/11/2019 7:10:22 AM PST · by Monrose72 · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2019-01-11 21:00 | Tim Worstall
    As people and places become richer, women tend to have fewer children. The most obvious reason being that poverty, as in the past, means seeing a quarter of your babies die before their fifth year. So, as wealth increases, this happens less, and it is necessary to have fewer births in order to still ensure that only meaningful result of life, the production of grandchildren. It is also true that a richer place provides more for people to do other than just pump out more babies, and so, people do more of those other things.
  • No, The World Would NOT Be Better Off With Fewer African Children

    10/20/2018 6:55:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/20/2018 | By Joy Pullmann
    A Gates Foundation report warning that Africans are having too many kids prefaced more pointed anti-fertility remarks this week from France's president, Emmanuel Macron. The poorest people tend to have the highest birth rates, which threatens to reverse historic progress in reducing world poverty, says the world’s largest philanthropy in a recent report.“[D]ecades of stunning progress in the fight against poverty and disease may be on the verge of stalling,” write Bill and Melinda Gates in their foundation’s latest “Goalkeepers” report. “This is because the poorest parts of the world are growing faster than everywhere else; more babies are being...
  • As U.S. fertility rates collapse, finger-pointing and blame follow

    10/20/2018 9:33:40 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 19, 2018 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    As 2017 drew to a close, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) urged Americans to have more children. To keep the country great, he said, we’re “going to need more people.” “I did my part,” the father of three declared. Ryan’s remarks drew some eye rolls at the time, but as new data about the country’s collapsing fertility rates has emerged, concern has deepened over what’s causing the changes, whether it constitutes a crisis that will fundamentally change the demographic trajectory of the country — and what should be done about it. Women are now having fewer babies and at...
  • Israelis Make a Lot of Babies: What's Behind Their High Fertility Rate?

    10/11/2018 7:58:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2018 | John Stonestreet And Roberto Rivera
    The state of Israel is bucking the trend: It has a very high fertility rate for a developed nation. What's behind it? In addition to things like a high per capita income and high levels of literacy, one of the defining characteristics of a "developed" country is a low fertility rate. We've often spoken of the demographic crisis facing industrialized countries. No member of the European Union has a "replacement level" fertility rate. Even with high levels of immigration, most members' populations are on a downward trajectory. In East Asia, the outlook is even bleaker. In Japan, more adult diapers...