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Effects of the Economy on Childbearing

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According to a survey discussed in this MSNBC article, American women are delaying pregnancy and planning to have fewer children because of economic concerns. Makes sense. Kids are expensive. But apparently, some women are also changing their contraceptive habits because of financial constraints. Some reported just going without. I suppose that’s a great way to save money if you’re not sexually active, but I wonder what the net effect of these two trends will be. Will there be any noticeable rise in unplanned pregnancies? Or will there be any noticeable decline in the number of births? And, of course, where are the men in this story? The decision to have a child often involves men in addition to women. And men do play a role in birth control use – even if women do shoulder most of the burden here.

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Written by Lisa

September 29, 2009 at 11:46 pm

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