U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children.The second derivative is positive, and the article suggests that birth rates among unmarried women are decreasing, while birth rates among married women are increasing. The article's reference to greater financial security among married women might be evidence of greater social polarization, or of people developing life-management skills. Teenagers, in particular, are observing the mugging by reality their older sisters are getting.
THE HOPE, OR THE CHANGE?
This is no time to be bringing children into the world.