First time in 35 years US has positive fertility rate!

The United States has had negative, that is below replacement level, fertility rates since 1971!  2006 is the first year we birthed enough children to actually grow our population without immigration since 1971.  Europe must be green with envy and Planned Parenthood is disgusted that it missed the opportunity to abort the additional children.  The article from The STOPP Report, is below.
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CDC report and Planned Parenthood deceit In the last few days there have been articles online citing a 3 percent increase in teen births. In these same articles, you may have read that Planned Parenthood supporters claim it is due to the “failure of abstinence-only sex education classes.” We are here to tell you what the report actually said.  On December 5, the Centers for Disease Control released Births: Preliminary Data for 2006. It was a report on the number of births in the United States in 2006. The data was broken down by age of the mother, her race and marital status. Immediately, Planned Parenthood began using the report to push its agenda. On the same day the CDC report came out, Planned Parenthood sent out a press release that read, in part, “Today’s news underscores what Planned Parenthood and those who work tirelessly to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies already know too well: the United States is facing a teen pregnancy health care crisis, and the national policy of abstinence-only programs just isn’t working.” 
It went on to say, “The United States still holds the dubious distinction of having the highest teen pregnancy rate among the most developed nations. It is time for everyone who cares about teenagers to start focusing on the commonsense solutions that will help solve this problem.”Planned Parenthood’s sister organizations began echoing this doomsday rhetoric. The problem is, the CDC report did not present any data on teen pregnancy rates. The entire report was on the number of births and birth rates (also called fertility rates). Nothing was mentioned about pregnancy rates. What does the CDC report say? The first line in the results section says: “The preliminary estimate of births in 2006 was 4,265,996, an increase of 3 percent from 2005, the largest single-year increase in the number of births since 1989, and the largest number of births since 1961.” 
Then it states, on page 3, “The year 2006 marks the first year since 1971 in which the U.S. TFR [total fertility rate] was above replacement level.” What does this mean? Well, it means that, in 2006, Americans decided to start having babies again. It’s only one year and we don’t know if it is an aberration or the start of a trend. But, for 2006, we had a healthy birth rate and, if it continues, the start of a bright future for our country’s population. Planned Parenthood, of course, is a population control organization. It does not like the fact that more babies were born in 2006 than in any year since 1961. Babies being born are a failure for Planned Parenthood. How sad. What about teen pregnancy? 
The CDC report also contains data on births to young people, to teenagers. The report shows that births to 10-14-year-olds went down in 2006. But it also showed that births to 15-19-year-olds went up.  The report says “the preliminary birth rate for U.S. teenagers 15-19 years rose 3 percent to 41.9 births per 1,000 females in 2006, the first increase reported since 1991.”  Planned Parenthood seized upon this fact and the accompanying data and loudly proclaimed an increase in teen pregnancies “caused” by abstinence programs. The problem is that there is nothing in the report that backs-up that conclusion. Remember, we are talking about birth rates, not pregnancy rates. Birth rates are affected by two things: the number of teens that become pregnant (pregnancy rate) and the number that have abortions. If the same number of teens became pregnant in 2006 as did in 2005, but fewer of those teens aborted their babies, the teen birth rate would increase. The increased birth rates could be caused by effective pro-life activity. By the good work of dedicated people who educate teens and stand outside Planned Parenthood abortion mills and give pregnant teens life saving alternatives. There is nothing in the report that confirms that, but there is also nothing that disproves it. Planned Parenthood is trying to mislead the public here. It is trying to equate birth rates with pregnancy rates and hope nobody notices. Please don’t let them get away with it. At every possibility, let people in your community know exactly what the CDC report says and what it did not say. Submit comments on various articles and blog entries online.  Planned Parenthood and its supporters have really attempted to twist this study around. It is our responsibility to educate others on the truth, now that we understand what this study is actually saying.

1 Comment

  • genevason says:

    Good post. Another thing to consider in these findings would be that not all of the teens 15-19 would be single teen mothers. Some might be 18 or 19 year old married women who were actually wanting to have a baby. This is quite different than a single teen who has an “accidental” and perhaps unwanted pregnancy.
    A rise in teen births could mean that some people are getting married at a younger age… but we don’t see that in a statistic.