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US Birth Rate Declines for Fourth Straight Year / By SV / October 3, 2012

Paul Ehrlich’s population bomb was patently wrong in its prediction of a world brimming with humans until, eventually, a critical threshold was reached and crisis decimated human numbers. Or, perhaps the techniques used to avoid a “population bomb” are working. For the fourth year in a row, US births have fallen, according to a government report released Wednesday writes the Chicago Tribune.  The decline in 2011 was 1 percent, compared to the sharper 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years. ”It may be that the effect of the recession is slowly coming to an end,” said Carl Haub, a senior demographer with the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization.  The new report demonstrated a steep decline in the Hispanic birth rate and a new low in teen births. That Hispanic birth rates have declined so steeply is a testament to the way in which US “minorities” have been disproportionately affected by the flagging economy. Teen birth rates have been declining for 20 years. The report comes as more than 50% of US citizens sit at or below the poverty threshold.

Births in the US had been on the rise since the late 1990s, hitting an all-time high of 4.3 million in 2007.  But fewer than 4 million births were counted last year, the lowest number since 1998. Many see the flagging economy as the primary explanation for the phenomenon, although likely family planning programs and info wars about overpopulation and the environment have contributed to the trend. After all, even the cool kids care about the environment: