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US fertility rates hit all-time low

August 10, 2016

Fertility rates in the US have reached a historic low point, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report.

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There were 59.8 births for every thousand American women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the first three months of 2016, the CDC said. That figure was down from the previous low of 60 per thousand in 2015. 

Fertility rates have been declining steadily, with an overall drop of nearly 10 percent in the past decade. The US has already dropped below the "replacement level" necessary to maintain a stable domestic population. 

The CDC has begun issuing quarterly reports on fertility, rather than annual reports, to provide a more accurate picture of the trend.


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  • Posted by: filioque - Aug. 10, 2016 6:00 PM ET USA

    We are rapidly "advancing" toward the demographic cliff edge already occupied by Japan and Western Europe: failure to replace the population means eventual poverty and collapse. It is a failure to choose to have a future, an event unheard of in human history. We are in uncharted territory, precisely because of the Culture of Death: contraception, abortion, and now gender ideologies, all of which separate sexual activity from procreation and set the individual above all else. Kyrie eleison.