A few decades ago, parents of big families found themselves getting lectured for littering the planet with their offspring.
Global warming hysteria, then climate change fears convinced some ethicists that having a large brood was unethical, almost immoral, and many adopted this view. The internet is awash in articles wondering if it’s still okay to bring children into the world who will supposedly face a dystopian future.
Now though, experts are starting to murmur about a new problem, the Western world’s plummeting birth rate.
The U.S. fertility rate has dropped by about 2% per year since 2014, hitting record lows in 2020, 2019, and 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a particularly potent blow, sinking the fertility rate by about 4% in 2020. It bounced back slightly last year,