Another thing Nancy Pelosi should have thought of before trying to justify $200 million for birth control in the stimulus package: during the Great Depression of the 1930s the birth rate in the US fell to an unprecedented low of 2.1 children per woman, without the contraceptive pill or government intervention. During the inflationary “oil shock” of the 1970s, it fell again to 1.7 — this time, no doubt, with the help of the Pill, but with how much government funding?

Since people seem likely to postpone births anyway during this recession, putting hundreds of millions of dollars at the disposal of Planned Parenthood could make the birthrate sink dangerously low. The Population Reference Bureau — a population control organisation — thinks there could be a “baby bust”, but we won’t know until early 2010, “when the recession will probably already be over.”

However, the problems from such a “bust” might only be beginning. ~ PRB, January 2009

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet