Friday, July 06, 2018

This post will not be aborted!

Many of the self-righteous, Bible-thumping, Jesus-loving "principled" Republicans voted for their party's candidate, despite everything about his life being un-Christian, for one important reason: Abortion and the fetus.

To most of these 63 million, it matters that every fetus shall be protected and brought into this world as a baby, though they would not want a penny of theirs to be spent on the child after it is born.

To many of them, as one comedienne put it, women are mere wombs.  But, the 63 million can mandate whatever they want about abortion, there's one thing they won't be able to mandate: Just because women have wombs, they are not going to bear a lot of children.  They may even succeed with the holy-grail of overturning Roe-v-Wade, but that does not mean the trend of decreasing fertility rates will reverse course!
The U.S. birth rate hit a historic low in 2017, setting a new record for the second straight year. There were just 60.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age last year, down from 62 in 2016.
In this trend of decreasing rate, abortion is a non-issue.  Women are not mere reproduction machines, as much as men are not merely sperm donors.  As much as men like to pursue careers, climb mountains, play soccer, and waste time on Facebook, women too like to pursue careers, climb mountains, play soccer, and waste time on Facebook.
The total fertility rate — which estimates how many children women will have based on current patterns — is down to 1.8, below the replacement level in developed countries of 2.1.
The United States seems to have almost caught up with most of the rest of the industrialized world’s low fertility rates.
Yep, we are merely late to getting to where many European countries already are.  They have been there for decades now.

Why don't they want to have kids?
Wanting more leisure time and personal freedom; not having a partner yet; not being able to afford child-care costs — these were the top reasons young adults gave for not wanting or not being sure they wanted children, according to a new survey conducted by Morning Consult for The New York Times.
For those of us who have been teaching these topics for years, well, there is nothing new here!

Fertility options like freezing eggs don't necessarily mean that career women will have a gazillion kids later in life.  Not!
“The stereotype that these ambitious career women are freezing their eggs for the purposes of their career — that’s really inaccurate at the present time,” said Marcia Inhorn, a medical anthropologist from Yale University, and one of the authors of the study, which was presented Monday at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology’s conference in Spain.
So, what's going on?  "they were facing the overarching problem of partnership."
“Most men don’t want relationships,” and are willing to date uneducated women, whereas most educated women will not. 
In the rapidly changing world, when men are getting laid, and are able to have time for the stereotypical football-watching and beer-burping, where's the incentive for them to commit to a relationship?  Heck, where is the incentive for young men to even go to college?  The more men adopt this attitude, the more women stay away from having kids because rarely do educated women want to have anything to do with sloths.

It is not the woman's fault for not having kids.  It is not the man's fault either.  If the 63 million, worried about unborn fetuses, think that not enough babies are being born, there is an easy solution.  Or, they could try to save the males.

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