For decades China has pursued policies intended to slow population growth by reducing childbearing. Slowly, attention is shifting to the dangers of super-low fertility, population decline, and rapid aging.
For many, the fact that more than 50 percent of Hispanic-American births are out of wedlock runs counter to the widely accepted association of Hispanics with traditional family values. So, where is the disconnect?
Americans are a proactive people. We like to believe that our destinies are wholly within our control, and that everyone gets exactly what she deserves. The "choice" myth is therefore very powerful in all kinds of ways, including in our conversations about women's fertility.
New CDC birth data confirms that the U.S. birthrate dropped 1 percent to reach an all-time low in 2011. Put down your knee-jerk fears about smaller population. This drop is a good sign, foretelling not a diminished but a strengthened workforce down the line.
Birth control has had such a dramatic impact on women and families in this country that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named it one of the top 10 public health achievements of the past century.