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In China, a 'Slow, Painful, Creeping Genocide'

AP report: Country is systematically forcing birth control on Uighurs to cut down Muslim population

(Newser) - The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country's Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about... More »

With New CDC Stat, a US 'Baby Bust' Continues

Births in America fell about 1% from 2018, leading to fewest number of newborns in 35 years

(Newser) - US births continued to fall last year, leading to the fewest number of newborns in 35 years. The decline is the latest sign of a prolonged national "baby bust" that's been going on for more than a decade, the AP notes. Some experts believe the coronavirus pandemic and... More »

New Stat Hints at a 'Demographic Time Bomb'

Low birth rate, low death rate in China has researchers, economists there worried

(Newser) - There's a "looming crisis" brewing in China, one the New York Times says could eventually have a "seismic effect." Per the country's National Bureau of Statistics, about 14.6 million babies were born there last year, an almost 4% drop from 2018. It's the... More »

Another Drop in Fertility Rate Suggests Deep Social Change

Births increased among women in late 30s, early 40s

(Newser) - The US fertility rate fell for a fourth year in a row in 2018 to the lowest level in about three decades. The 3,791,712 births—59.1 for every 1,000 women of childbearing age—was down 2% from 2017 and 15% from 2007, according to data out... More »

At Confirmation Hearing, Woman Chastised for Being Childless

Critics are blasting remarks of S. Korea's Jeong Kab-yoon to female economics professor

(Newser) - A renowned economics professor in South Korea is the first female nominated to head up the country's fair-trade commission, but even though she seems to have the professional credentials, one politician says she's got one big gap that makes her nomination iffy: She's single and childless. "... More »

Fertility Rate in the US Hits Record Low

The continuing downward trend could have long-term consequences

(Newser) - Although you wouldn't know it from the constant barrage of pregnant celebrity pics on social media, the fertility rate in the US—the number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44—fell to 60 last year, its lowest level since the government started tracking the figure... More »

All-Time Low Birth Rate Has Some Fearing 'National Emergency'

The US birth rate is now 62 births per 1,000 women

(Newser) - Some experts worry the US is heading for disaster due to a baby shortage, the Washington Post reports. According to 2016 data released Friday by the CDC, the number of women giving birth in the US is down 1% from 2015 and at a historic low. The birth rate is... More »

Nearly Half Japan's Millennials Are Virgins

A large number of 18- to 34-year-olds aren't just not having sex, they've never had it

(Newser) - While America might more typically worry about what its youth are doing, Japan spends a lot of time worrying about what they're not doing , and what they're not doing is having sex—at all, apparently. A new government survey suggests that the country's millennials are not only... More »

Life Is Deadlier for Americans for the 1st Time in 10 Years

And we're making fewer new Americans to boot

(Newser) - Life was slightly deadlier for Americans in 2015 than it was in 2014. CNN reports the death rate for the US in 2015 was 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people. That's up from 723.2 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014. Those rates have been adjusted to... More »

After 7-Year Slide, US Birth Rate Rebounds

As teen birth rate hits historic low, falling 9%

(Newser) - American women are having more babies after years of holding off since the beginning of the recession in 2007. The US birth rate saw a small 1% jump from 2013 to 2014, with 3.98 million births—the highest number since 2010, USA Today reports. The CDC data shows older... More »

Congrats, Japan, You're No Longer World's Worst at Procreating

Germany is the world's new panda of birth rates

(Newser) - Japan, having long fretted over its sexless image , has managed to escape its worst-in-the-world-at-procreation status: The new lowest birth rate in town belongs to Germany, which saw about 8.3 births per 1,000 people in the five years ending in 2013, edging under Japan's 8.4, reports Bloomberg... More »

Danish Town Cuts Deal With Citizens: Make More Babies

If they do, schools and rec centers can stay open

(Newser) - Denmark has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe at just 1.7 babies per family, and at least in the rural community of Thisted, citizens have agreed to do something about it. With "date night" child care and prize draws for positive pregnancy tests apparently not cutting... More »

More Unmarried Women Over Age 35 Having Babies

But fewer unwed women overall are having kids, says CDC

(Newser) - Although the birth rate for unmarried women has been slowly declining, middle-aged American women aren't waiting to tie the knot before having kids. According to recent CDC data, birth rates for unmarried females between the ages of 35 and 39 rose a substantial 48% between 2002 and 2012, reports... More »

Iran Bans All Permanent Birth Control

Nation's government reacts to declining birthrates

(Newser) - Bad news for Iranians wanting small families: The country plans to ban vasectomies and other permanent forms of birth control and punish all violators as criminals, the Washington Post reports. In fact any advertising of birth control will become illegal, Reuters notes, a stark turnaround for a nation that once... More »

9 Months After Shutdown, DC Hit With Baby Boom

Timing probably just a coincidence, right?

(Newser) - As the nation's capital languished during October's 16-day government shutdown, a nurse in Washington, DC, made a Facebook prediction: “Furlough babies????" Lo and behold nine months later, reps at Sibley Memorial Hospital, where the nurse works, say there’s been a nearly 33% increase in births over... More »

'Do It for Denmark' Campaign Aims to Boost Birth Rate

Travel company offers incentives for companies to take a romantic trip

(Newser) - A travel company in Denmark seems to have struck PR gold with a campaign to jump-start the nation's falling birth rate. Spies Travel is generating lots of headlines for its " Do It for Denmark!" promotion, in which it laments that so few babies are being born in... More »

Japan's Young People Don't Want Love ... or Sex

Nation with shrinking birthrate hit by 'celibacy syndrome'

(Newser) - Japan's young people are not very interested in dating ... but they're not very interested in casual sex, either. According to a 2011 study, 61% of unmarried Japanese men and 49% of women aged 18 to 34 are not in any kind of romantic relationship—a figure that's... More »

Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

Report: And the overall number of US births may be leveling off after years of decline

(Newser) - After falling four years in a row, US births may finally be leveling off. The number of babies born last year—a little shy of 4 million—is only a few hundred less than the number in 2011, according to a government report released today. That suggests that lately, fewer... More »

US Birth Rate Lowest Ever

Recession's effects play big role

(Newser) - The US birthrate last year was the lowest since records began in 1920, dropping to 63.2 per 1,000 women, Pew data shows. Between 2007 and 2010, the rate fell 8% among all women aged 15 to 44. It fell 14% among foreign-born women, compared to 6% among women... More »

US Births Down for 4th Year

Birth rate plummets among teens, Hispanics

(Newser) - The American birth rate dropped for the fourth year in a row in 2011 in a trend demographers blame on the continued weakness of the economy, reports the AP . But the drop was 1% instead of the 2% or 3% seen in previous years, a sign that the economy may... More »

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