At once the birth rate began to rise and the death rate to fall.
There was talk of all countries putting bounties on children to increase the birth rate, but it was laughed to scorn by the arithmeticians, who pointed out that China was too far in the lead in that direction.
Destroy, as you have threatened, you United States, the ten million coolies we have forced upon your shores--why, the amount scarcely equals half of our excess birth rate for a year."
There was no combating China's amazing birth rate. If her population was a billion, and was increasing twenty millions a year, in twenty-five years it would be a billion and a half--equal to the total population of the world in
It is true, three Chinese were killed by the tubes dropping on their heads from so enormous a height; but what were three Chinese against an excess birth rate of twenty millions?
By careful selection they rear only the hardiest specimens of each species, and with almost supernatural foresight they regulate the birth rate
to merely offset the loss by death.
Today, 35 developing countries (30 of them "least developed") have birth rates
that are above five children per woman.
* Birth rates
for women ages 35 to 39 (43.8 births per 1,000 women) and 40 to 44 (8.7 births per 1,000 women) were the highest in more than three decades.
In May 2002, a Quebec Catholic bishops' statement pointed out that the province's heightened acceptance of homosexual relations would worsen the already worrisome problem of low birth rates
in Quebec (LifeSiteNews.com, Oct.
still has the highest teenage pregnancy and birth rates
among industrialized nations.
This rise in the female labor participation rate helps explain both the fall in the marriage and birth rates
Once realized, this in turn promoted a lower birth rate
. Schooling for women also correlated strongly with lower birth rates
because of new knowledge about options in life and potential birth limitation methods; this is a relationship first noted within the West, from one social group or region to the next, and later emerging worldwide.