Babies Articles

A New Baby Parts Scandal

Life imitates Soviet disinformation.
Nov 02, 2015

The continuing controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of tissue and organs from aborted fetuses for research is eerily reminiscent of a Soviet disinformation campaign during the 1980s that accused the United States of kidnapping and killing babies and children in the Third World in order to sell their organs.

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The International Baby Business

Surrogacy is giving gay parenting a bad name.
Jul 27, 2015

The huge rise in the incidence of gay men becoming fathers via surrogacy is largely seen as positive by those fighting inequality. Publications aimed at gays and lesbians advertise surrogacy services, and the annual Alternative Parenting Show in London attracts over 2,500 visitors. No wonder an outcry arose when the designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana recently described IVF children as “synthetic.” Sir Elton John, the father of several such children, rode a wave of indignation from his fans to call for a boycott of Dolce and Gabbana’s products.

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Washington State Dems: Federal Shutdown Takes Food From Half of Babies in Our State

12:58 PM, Oct 03, 2013

In an attempt to dramatize the effects of the federal government shutdown, Washington state Democrats may have revealed more about their state and about the state of the economy under President Obama than they intended.  The Advance, official blog of the Washington state house Democrats, posted the following on Thursday:

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Where Have All the Babies Gone?

12:26 PM, Feb 04, 2013

Our own Jonathan V. Last, writing in this weekend's Wall Street Journal, on America's baby bust:

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Things Are Tough All Over

11:55 AM, Jan 05, 2013

Just before Christmas there was a lot of public concern about America’s declining birthrate, which closed out 2012 at its lowest point since 1920. But in trying to understand why American fertility is on the wane, it’s important to understand that fertility decline is a global phenomenon. Ninety-seven percent of the world’s population lives in countries with declining fertility rates. And as bad as America has it now, things could be worse. We could be Japan.

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The Demographic Cliff

7:07 AM, Dec 20, 2012

The New York Times has finally discovered that fiscal cliffs aren’t the only thing that menace the modern nation-state. There’s a demographic cliff, too.

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Ross Is Right on Demography

7:15 AM, Dec 06, 2012

Ross Douthat has gotten himself in trouble for writing about demographics and the latest Pew report on the decline of America’s birth rate. Douthat has the temerity to suggest that having babies is important for public welfare, that Americans aren’t having enough of them, and that the root cause of our birth dearth is a deep cultural transformation:

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Faith in the Future?

10:54 AM, Nov 30, 2012

Times are good in Washington and the political class is enjoying itself enormously in a game where the players see who will dance closest to the edge of a cliff.

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Babies and the Great Recession

The roots of economic collapse start with demographics.
11:16 AM, Oct 25, 2012


Let’s tick through three pieces of bad news from the last week.

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The Rise of Childless Americans

10:20 AM, Oct 19, 2012

Last week, I spent some time talking about demographics and the latest CDC birth numbers. There were a number of interesting aspects to this data, but the big takeaway was that the percentage of first-child births has hit an all-time low. As I said last week, this suggests that we're slowly bifurcating into a society where we have two classes of adults: parents and non-parents.

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Demographic Tidal Wave

10:15 AM, Oct 12, 2012

It's demographics time again! Last week, the CDC released its preliminary birth data for 2011. Much of the analysis focused on the raw number of births, which declined for the fourth straight year. America's general fertility rate is now the lowest it's ever been. Which is not great news.

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On the U.N.'s Demography Report

3:19 PM, Aug 04, 2011

Jonathan V. Last, writing in the Wall Street Journal

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