Rick Noack, The Washington Post Published 6:16 am PST, Friday, November 9, 2018 Almost half of all countries have fertility rates below the replacement level, according to an unprecedented study published by The Lancet journal. While there was not a single nation with a fertility rate below the 2.05 threshold back in 1950, the global average is now only 2.4 - down from 4.7 about 70 years ago. Differences between nations have become more pronounced, with some European countries having record-low rates down to one child per woman on average, compared to more than six children in some African nations. If you live in a poorer nation with high fertility rates, a decrease would likely be a reason for celebration. Lower fertility rates are often the result of fewer child deaths, easily accessible contraception and prosperous economies, which explains why Europe, North America and richer Asian nations like Japan are disproportionately affected. In countries with … [Read more...] about Fertility rates around the world are declining. Trump supporters won’t like the solution.
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This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com China to end two-child policy, but considers a ‘wacky’ three-child policy China evaluates the failure of the two-child policy China may adopt a ‘wacky’ policy with a ‘reproduction fund’ China to end two-child policy, but considers a ‘wacky’ three-child policy For four decades, China has been attempting to control family planning decisions for individual families through the “one-child policy,” announced in 1979, which called for forced abortions, forced sterilizations, and harsh fines to prevent families from having more than one child, and which was revised to a “two-child policy” in March 2016, allowing two children instead of just one. Early in August, China’s government announced new postage stamps to be used starting in the Year of the Pig, next year. One of the stamps displays a happy family of five pigs, a mama pig, a papa pig, and three … [Read more...] about World View: China to End Two-Child Policy, but Considers a ‘Wacky’ Three-Child Policy
Sep 03, 8:20 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Dana Dovey 07/11/17 AT 4:50 AM You may have learned that men, unlike women, have no limit to their fertility, and can continue to father children well into old age, but recent discoveries have shown that male fertility isn't so simple. New research suggests that a man’s age can affect his chances of successfully fertilizing an egg via IVF, and that women with older male partners have a lower chance of conceiving a child.New research has revealed that the success of IVF weighs heavily on both the age of the mother and the father. The report found that a 35-year-old woman has more success conceiving with a man under 30 than she does with a man her same age, The BBC reported. Although this news is enlightening, the report concluded that the age of the woman was still far more important … [Read more...] about IVF Pregnancy: Why A Man’s Age Is Also Important For In Vitro Fertilization Success
China’s state-run media was keenly interested in a Monday column from Bloomberg News reporting that Beijing is thinking about scrapping its 40-year-old family planning policy and allowing Chinese citizens to have as many children as they want. According to Bloomberg, China’s State Council – roughly equivalent to a presidential cabinet – is researching the repercussions of lifting the restrictions on family size and could announce the end of birth limits as early as the fourth quarter of 2018. One of the sources for the report said China’s leadership “wants to reduce the pace of aging in China’s population and remove a source of international criticism.” In other words, China is embarrassed by international criticism of its authoritarian policies. Also, as a subsequent Bloomberg op-ed put it, “China doesn’t want to become the next Japan.” Japan is coping with a demographic collapse unlike anything seen in the modern … [Read more...] about Chinese Media Foreshadows End of Family Planning Policies
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: June 21, 2018 at 11:13 am | UPDATED: June 21, 2018 at 11:13 am By Christopher Ingraham | Washington Post The humanitarian crisis involving immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border has, among other things, laid bare a number of the falsehoods driving much of the Trump administration’s immigration agenda. The administration has said that the country is in danger of being “overwhelmed” by “massive increases in illegal crossings” that will bring “horrible crime,” “unbelievably great taxpayer expense,” and the loss of American jobs. None of these claims are true. Here is some of the latest data and research that shed light on erroneous beliefs about immigration in America. Myth #1: Undocumented immigrants are flooding into the United States In fiscal year 2017, apprehensions of undocumented immigrants at the Southwest border (a proxy for the total number of undocumented individuals crossing the … [Read more...] about Analysis: Research proves there is no ‘immigration crisis’