A senior policy analyst for Independent Women’s Forum is expressing concerns of record low birth rates while pondering if remarks by Democrats of the world’s end due to climate change will contribute to further downward rates.
The U.S. sees the lowest level of birth rates in 32 years
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared on Wednesday that the U.S. birth rate level continues to take a nosedive, as in 2018 there were fewer babies born, reaching a new low in the past 32 years, according to statistics.
There were 3,788,235 total births in the U.S. in 2018, down 2% from the previous year — with the “general fertility rate” of 59 births per 1,000 women, down 2% of the prior year.
The “total fertility rate” also declined by 2% and saw a record low of 1,728 births per 1,000 women in 2018 — lower than the 2,100 births per 1,000 women necessary to keep the current population steady.
“The world will end in 12 years.”
Policy analyst Patrice Onwuka told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday she believes there’s a “change in norms” as “women are considering when, how, and even if they want to give birth.”
“Unfortunately I think the latest trend we’re seeing is the question of whether women should even have children,” she added. “I think we heard Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ask is it even ethical for young people to be talking about having children because of climate change.”
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) claimed in January that the world would end in 12 years if climate change isn’t addressed, as IJR Red reported, while also labeling climate change “our World War II.”
The democratic socialist representative isn’t the only one to use this sort of rhetoric, as 2020 Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke echoed Ocasio-Cortez in April but instead said the world would end in “ten years.”
Onwuka noted that Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks of the world’s end, mixed in with trends such as more women looking to receive college degrees, could lead to “devastating economic impacts in the future.”
“What I do think we need to be talking about as society though is how do we ensure that young women and young families are thinking okay, a career doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be able to have a family. Economically we have great jobs growth right now … hopefully women are able to work but still have families. And I think that opens the door to discussions around paid leave.”
“I would love to see a national campaign that says, if you want to have kids, you should,” Onwuka said. “What we should not be hearing particularly from the far left is ‘no, don’t have children right now because they are going to die in 12 years,’ and unfortunately, that’s what is picking up steam.”
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On whether birth rates will start to increase due to recent anti-abortion laws passed in several states, Onwuka said, “It’s interesting what happens when abortions are outlawed, whether other means pop up for people to provide those.”
Alabama passed the strictest abortion bill on Thursday banning nearly all abortion, as IJR News reported, drawing criticism from Ocasio-Cortez — which conservatives blasted her for her “false” statement surrounding the controversial legislation.