Child-free and losing it

MercatorNet 08 Sep 06  Carolyn Moynihan
More people are not having children. Could the reason be a lack of faith?
A new spectre is haunting the developed world: terrorists still get the biggest headlines but the threat posed by babies can no longer be ignored. The babies we are not having, that is. Less than 40 years since Paul Ehrlich, in The Population Bomb, called for “population control at home” by compulsion if necessary, and less than 50 years since the contraceptive pill came on the market, Newsweek’s current cover story is about childlessness. Even in once conservative societies like Greece, says the magazine, more and more couples are choosing not to have kids. And, while this means “good things for restaurants and real estate”, the trend is worrying politicians and economists.

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