US Birth Rates Hit All-Time Low

News: Life and Family
by Rodney Pelletier  •  •  August 11, 2016   

Women are having fewer children than ever in America's history

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ATLANTA ( - A new report is announcing the biggest drop in U.S. births in the country's history.

A report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows the number of women of childbearing age giving birth is the lowest it has ever been since records began to be kept in 1909.

The CDC determines fertility as the number of live births per 1,000 women aged 15–44. Until now, the 2015 general fertility rate was the lowest in U.S. history. Rates have been plummeting so quickly since last year that the CDC is updating statistics quarterly instead of yearly. Since 2007 there has been an overall 10-percent decline in births.

Between 2015 and 2016 birth rates for women ages 15–19 have dropped nearly 10 percent. The only age range to have an increase in births — a jump of two percent — is women ages 30–44, the years during which more women give birth.

The report doesn't specify reasons for the shocking drop in births but contraception may be playing a large part. Both the CDC and the Guttmacher Institute note contraceptive use in the United States increases yearly.

Guttmacher estimates that 62 percent of women of ages 15–44 use contraceptives. Of that population, nearly 92 percent of women with personal incomes over $45,000 use contraceptives, with a stunning 93 percent of married women using contraception.

Religion seems to make little difference whether or not a person uses contraception. Nearly 90 percent of people claiming to be Catholic use contraception, with 99 percent of Catholic sexually experienced women disclosing they have used contraception at least once.


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