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The Baby Bust Generation

ksatifka Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 6:04 PM
Reginald10 - Happened to catch your comment while passing thru. Just so I'm not misunderstood, going after Bin Laden and his henchmen in Afghanistan was necessary and the right thing to do. Too bad GWB took his eye off the ball in his haste to invade Iraq, which had nothng to do with 9/11 in spite of your comment that "THEY' did it. That said, why is the Afghan War continuing - Bin Laden is dead?

FERTILITY IN AMERICA has been declining for years. According to the Pew Research Center, the nation's birth rate hit an all-time low in 2011 – just 63 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age. It was almost twice as high – 123 births per 1,000 women – at the peak of the Baby Boom in 1957.

As babies and children disappear from a society, what takes their place? One answer, as journalist Jonathan V. Last observes in a forthcoming book, "What to Expect When No One's Expecting," is pets.

In surveys taken from the 1940s to the 1980s, fewer...