Our little where-will-the-baby-sleep quandary made me think about a much larger and more intractable problem: overpopulation and our family's small contribution to it. There are more than 7 billion people on Earth today, with another 375,000 born every day.
The irony of Stupak's efforts to hold the legislation hostage is that his proposals are unlikely to effect a single pregnancy , while the health care bill he tried to derail, by enhancing contraceptive access, could prevent dramatically more.
The areas of the country that have embraced the new "blue" model of family life have seen teen birth and divorce rates plummet. In contrast, "red" marriage promotion, which tries to control sex rather than childbearing, is a proven failure.