Let's begin this by saying that life should hold no mandate to have children. Now that's out of the way, let's add the 'but.' I wrote previously how the progressive agenda is being driven by the environmentalists and the population control crowd. I see no problem in having no children, since that was my choice in life. I didn't do it because of some environmental concern, or for career paths, it was just a personal decision.
We, at times, see the choice of having no children glorified. As someone who made that choice, there are times of regret at having made that decision. If I could turn back time, that might be one of the many different choices in my life.
My point is that we must make these decisions based on what we feel is best for ourselves at the time. From some one who made the no children decision, I warn you to not listen to the progressive and environmentalist voices. One can propose many logical reasons to have or not have children.
Imagine you are staring in the mirror at your gray hair and having regrets about your no child decision. You now know that you could have had a successful career and children—you realize the catastrophe of climate change never happened and never would have happened no matter your decision.
From 2007 to 2011, the most recent year for which there is data, the fertility rate declined 9%. A 2010 Pew Research report showed that childlessness had risen across all racial and ethnic groups, adding up to about 1 in 5 American women who had passed their childbearing years. This trend doesn't seem to be changing. We can attribute some of this to lifestyle changes. We have so many distractions sometimes it can be hard to find time for the activities that lead to having children. Some of this can be due to better pregnancy prevention.
No one can predict the future and say that having fewer children will be beneficial or harmful. Some even look at the statistics with a xenophobic view. Whatever the reason for not having children, or just having one, it must be your decision.
Every day we are bombarded with information and opinions that run the board. One thing is sure, humans will procreate. Because of World War II there was a baby boom as soldiers returned home. The great depression had ended and people could afford to have children. Socioeconomic conditions have always had an effect on the rate of childbirths.
Because of the high rate of divorces and the large number of single mothers we know that in the end childbirth must be the woman's decision. Make it for your own reasons and block out political influences.