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Susan Yoshihara at C-FAM: Is family breakdown the cause or the cure for the global crisis of population decline? Two new articles in top foreign policy journals raise the question.
Salt Lake Tribune: The vast majority of Americans may be Christians, but fewer than half join a congregation — and that trend, warns a religion researcher, should concern church leaders . . . The once-a-decade census, unveiled Tuesday, found that while upward of 80 percent of Americans claim to be Christians, only about 49 percent are affiliated with a congregation.
Chicago Tribune: For the first time, women with one or more college degrees are more likely to be married by age 40 than their lesser-educated counterparts . . .
Steven Malanga at the Wall Street Journal: Indiana’s debt for unfunded retiree health-care benefits, for example, amounts to just $81 per person. Neighboring Illinois’s accumulated obligations for the same benefit average $3,399 per person.
Jonathan V. Last at the Weekly Standard (4/23): As fertility falls, populations shrink. As populations shrink, economies will sputter. Western countries will struggle to support too many retirees without enough workers, and the rest of the world (particularly places such as China and Russia) will be challenged just to maintain order as societies change in unprecedented ways: Most people will have neither brothers, sisters, aunts, nor uncles, and there will be no such thing as an extended family. This forecast may sound apocalyptic, but it’s nearly conventional wisdom among the demographers and economists who study such things . . .
Robert P. Jones at the Washington Post: Younger Millennials’ feelings about Christianity are decidedly mixed. Three-quarters (76 percent) agree that present-day Christianity has “good values and principles,” and 63 percent believe that Christianity “consistently shows love for other people.” On the other hand, strong majorities also agree that modern-day Christianity is “hypocritical” (58 percent), “judgmental” (62 percent), and “anti-gay” (64 percent).
MSNBC: The 50-plus group represents nearly one-third of the approximately 7.5 million people of all ages who were living together in 2010, the researchers found.
ABC: New census 2010 figures, released today, reveal that 48 percent of all households include a married husband and wife, compared with 52 percent in 2000. That’s down dramatically from the peak.
LA Times: California’s population will grow much more slowly in the next few decades — and that is good news for the state’s still-struggling economy, according to new population projections by USC.
CNSNews: The $38.6 trillion in unfunded benefits Medicare is expected to pay over the next 75 years equals $328,404.43 for each of the 117,538,000 households the Census Bureau said there were in the United States in 2010.
Christian Science Monitor: Older jobless workers have a higher rate of long-term unemployment than any other group. And employer policies end up discriminating against them. Yet workers age 50 and up comprise nearly a third of the US workforce. Policymakers must help this key demographic find good jobs.
LifeNews: A woman in India who was forced into six sex-selection abortions by family members obsessed with male babies is now using her experience to help other victims and prosecute doctors who illegally use ultrasounds to reveal the gender of an unborn child to a male-minded couple.
AP: An aging population and an economy that has been slow to rebound are straining the long-term finances of Social Security and Medicare, the government’s two largest benefit programs.
Diana Schaub at the Baltimore Sun: Population increase is a natural sign of political health. By that measure, Baltimore has been sick a long time. Six straight decades of depopulation have reduced the city by a third. Seeking not only to halt this bad case of “the dreaded shrinks” but reverse it, the mayor has set the modest goal of increasing the city’s population by 22,000 people in 10 years.
Baptist Press: The number of babies born to unmarried couples who are living together in America has increased dramatically during the past decade, according to a new report by the National Center for Health Statistics.
Washington Post: A growing tide of young Americans is drifting away from the religions of their childhood — and most of them are ending up in no religion at all.
Nineteen Sixty-Four Blog: Today, Pew released results that also show a tight race with a slim lead for President Obama. It is still a long, long time before any of these polls are predictive of anything. But as a first look, the Obama campaign might be second guessing some of their recent decisions that may have alienated religious voters. (see the chart)
LifeSiteNews: A new study supports previous research that unborn girls are being targeted for abortion by certain immigrant groups in Canada who culturally prefer a son over a daughter.
National Post: The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, looked at all non-multiple births in Ontario between the years 2002 and 2007, which totalled 766,688.
ProLife Blogs: Family Research Council (FRC) will host John D. Mueller for a webcast lecture on the intersection of United States fiscal policy with the health and well-being of our nation’s families. Mueller will release original research on U.S. birth rate projections under the Obama administration’s current fiscal policy as compared to the hypothetical birth rate projections under U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan.
Telegraph: We are not so much living in an age of crisis as facing a crisis of age. Its latest manifestation was the warning from the International Monetary Fund that demographic pressures will impose unexpectedly onerous financial burdens on industrialised countries.
LifeNews: Alarmingly, as the birthrate has fallen in teens ages 15-19 (from 41.5 per 1,000 in 2008 to 34.3 per 1,000 in 2010), the abortion rate has increased (from 17.8 per 1,000 in 2008 to 19 per 1,000 in 2010).
AP: Teen births fell again in the United States in 2010 with the highest rate once more in Mississippi, according to a new government report.
C-FAM: The global fertility freefall is about to cause geopolitical upheaval in Asia, a panel of experts said this week. The experts, all contributors to the new book Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics, spoke at the world’s largest gathering of international relations specialists meeting in San Diego, California.
LifeSiteNews (includes video): Oh wow,” Duggar responded. “The idea of overpopulation is not accurate because, really, the entire population of the world, if they were stood shoulder to shoulder, could fit in the city limits of Jacksonville,” she continued. “We’re not anywhere near being overpopulated.”
Guardian: Growing up in China with its strict one-child policy, Li Tianbing never fully knew the meaning of the words ‘brother’ and ‘sister’.
Belfast Telegraph: More than 200,000 people are divorced or separated in Ireland, it has emerged.
Business Week: Could crushing student loan debt be a bigger-than-expected culprit behind recent trends showing that young adults are waiting longer than ever to get married and have children? A new report (not yet online) by economic forecasting firm IHS Global Insight . . .
Life News: The latest Human Rights Report on China (2010) from the Department of State links the One Child Policy with high female suicide rates in China . . .
National Review: On the one hand — as NRO’s resident demography bore has been tirelessly pointing out — the Western world is facing an unparalleled demographic crisis brought on by a feminist-inspired modern twist on Lysistrata (showering sex but withholding children), while at the same time, the West’s vaunted “safety net” is collapsing because the system has been turned upside-down and a bevy of great-grandparents now coos over a single child.
National Review: Today the Chiaroscuro Foundation released an interactive map illustrating the abortion ratio by zip code in New York City from 2000 to 2009. This is a continuation of our effort to raise awareness of the extremely high rate of abortion in New York City.
Mark W. Leach at Public Discourse: Unless regulations and laws are changed, there will be fewer people with Down syndrome to celebrate on future World Down Syndrome Days, making this year the high water mark of lives with Down syndrome.
David Brooks at the NY Times: Usually, high religious observance and low income go along with high birthrates. But, according to the United States Census Bureau, Iran now has a similar birth rate to New England — which is the least fertile region in the U.S.
Pat Buchanan at Townhall: The gravest problem facing the Land of the Rising Sun is that it is dying. The sun that set on the Japanese Empire in 1945 has begun to set on the Japanese nation. A week before the anniversary of 3/11, buried in a story about Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s effort to rally support for a doubling of the 5 percent consumption tax, to preserve Japan’s social security system, was this startling statement: “We’re faced with an aging society and a declining birth rate unprecedented in the history of mankind.”
Susan Yoshihara at Human Events: A new government report from Tokyo says the country will lose a million people a year for the next several decades — plummeting from 127 million to 86 million — witnessing a 30 percent collapse in population by 2060.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: According to an interview published in the WSJ the prospects of investment returns for babyboomers with money in US markets are “depressing” because of the slow demographic growth in the US.
Vatican Radio: The Holy See Delegation has addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on the subject of religious freedom. Archbishop Silvano M.Tomasi said in many countries “the gap is growing between widely accepted stated principles, and their daily application on the ground.” He pointed out “rising restrictions on religion affect more than 2.2 billion people.
James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal: Perhaps you have spotted the flaw in the Sebelius logic. Yes, in the short term, contraception is cheaper than fertility. In the long term, however, a war on fertility is an act of cultural and economic suicide. Today’s low fertility is tomorrow’s shortage of productive citizens–of the taxpayers who would have to pay for the ever-expanding entitlement state.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Recently, the HSBC Global Research department released a report forecasting the trends in world economic development for the next 40 years. Countries with growing population and improving rule of law, education, health and governance will fare much better than those with shrinking population and already high per capita income levels.
James Taranto at WSJ.com: Thus it is a fiction of economics to suggest that increased female labor-force participation was a new source of production. It was, instead, a reallocation of productive resources from homes to offices. No doubt on balance that has been a tonic for the commercial economy. But it has imposed significant social costs.
My Way News (AP): A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.
LifeSiteNews.com: Families are a witness to “faith, courage and optimism” when they welcome many children even amid today’s social environment, said Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday.
Father Raymond J. de Souza at the National Post: The spiritual outlook of the contraceptive culture fundamentally separates present enjoyment from future responsibility. It is any wonder that such societies loot the future to pay for present benefits?
News from The Associated Press: Interracial marriages in the U.S. have climbed to 4.8 million – a record 1 in 12 – as a steady flow of new Asian and Hispanic immigrants expands the pool of prospective spouses.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: “Given the demographic crisis that Russia is experiencing, the latest move by the Russian government to further limit the cases in which abortion is available on demand in Russia is not surprising . . . ”
LifeSiteNews.com: While data released last week from the 2011 Canadian census shows a “small increase” in the country’s overall fertility rate, demographers from Statistics Canada are warning that without a “substantial increase in fertility,” Canada’s population growth in 20 years will be “close to zero.”
Bloomberg: . . . according to the survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. The survey, which began measuring student opinions and concerns in 1966, also found more students supporting abortion rights, with almost 61 percent saying abortion should be legal.
Matt Ridley at WSJ.com: Even a rational optimist is pessimistic about some things. Here’s one: the gradual distortion of the human sex ratio by sex-selective abortion. A new essay by the demographer Nicholas Eberstadt concludes that “the practice has become so ruthlessly routine in many contemporary societies that it has impacted their very population structures.”
ADF President Alan E. Sears at LifeNews.com: It’s the time of year when thoughts turn more concertedly to the ongoing tragedy – and travesty – of abortion. Activists count back to the January 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade and produce new calculations on how many lives have been ended prematurely through the deliberate choice of their mothers—and with the often enthusiastic cooperation of medical professionals who have found their own ways of reconciling the destruction of life with their Hippocratic oath.
LifeNews.com: A new estimate published by the National Right to Life Committee indicates there have been an estimated 54,559,615 abortions since the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision allowing virtually unlimited abortions.
ADF President and General Counsel Alan E. Sears at Townhall: The roughly 53 million children aborted since 1973 equals about 17 percent of America’s current 312 million-plus population. Nearly one-fifth of us, simply taken out of the equation … the equation being our culture, our communities, our daily interactions, our myriad accomplishments as a people.
Eurasia Review: According to official data from the Belgrade Institute of Public Health, 23,000 abortions are performed in Serbia annually, but unofficial data suggests a number as high as 150,000 . . . A large number of abortions are a potential economic threat to Serbia, because due to its aging population the country can expect a low number of work-age adults in the future.
Business Day: South African Institute for Race Relations survey shows that by 2040, fertility rates are expected to drop below the “replacement level” — where couples have two children to replenish the population
LifeNews.com: An eye-opening nationwide survey from research analyst Kevin Quinely to the Susan B. Anthony List reveals that the groups Planned Parenthood targets—namely those under the age of 35, blacks, and lower-income people—are the least likely to support their government funding.
“When 100 grandparents have 42 grandchildren, how do you grow your economy in an ever shrinking market?”
Mark Steyn at National Review: Whether or not that’s what Rick Santorum said, it’s certainly the case that “demographic winter” makes Europe’s troubles all but impossible to solve. As you have observed, demographic decline doesn’t have to be an existential threat. The population of my town in New Hampshire peaked in the 1820 census and then dropped steadily until 1940, and we survived it because (unlike the latter-day US and EU) we hadn’t erected a system of government that depended on looting the future to bribe the present.
Independent: It’s a girl, a film being released this year, documents the practice of killing unwanted baby girls in South Asia. The trailer’s most chilling scene is one with an Indian woman who, unable to contain her laughter, confesses to having killed eight infant daughters.
Catholic Culture: An eye-opening study by Nicholas Eberstadt shows that sex-selection abortion has begun to tip the demographic balance against girls—not just in India and China . . .
News from The Associated Press: Forty-two percent of children in India younger than 5 are underweight and nearly 60 percent are stunted, a new survey found.
Byron Johnson at Public Discourse: Senior citizens are less likely to support same-sex marriage than younger Americans, but that does not mean that they are anti-gay.
LifeNews.com: On Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog, BreakPoint editor Gina Dalfonzo wrote a post about girls in India participating in a ceremony to rid themselves of names that mean “unwanted” in Hindi.
Peter Oborne at the Telegraph: The figures seem to bear this out. Church attendance — which stood at around 50 per cent in the middle of the 19th century – had declined to around 12 per cent in 1979, or 5.4 million. By 1998 it had almost halved to 7.5 per cent and when the most recent census was conducted in 2005, it was discovered that only 6.3 per cent of the population, some 3.2 million, were regular churchgoers.
National Catholic Reporter: Like the number of marriages among Americans in general, the number of marriages performed in the Catholic church has been in decline over the past few decades. | Hat tip: IMAPP
LifeNews.com: The New York City-based Chiaroscuro Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports alternatives to abortion, released the figures to LifeNews after the 2010 data was just released to the public by the New York City Department of Health.