Headline RoundupApril 25th, 2024

US Births, Fertility Rate Drop

Summary from the AllSides News Team

In 2023, the U.S. fertility rate fell to its lowest point since the government began tracking it nearly a century ago.

The Details: The total fertility rate dropped to 1.62 births per woman last year, a 2% decline from 2022, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were about 3.59 million children born in the U.S. in 2023, the lowest number since 1979.

For Context: Births had been declining for roughly a decade before ticking up slightly during the COVID-19 pandemic but have since fallen again.

How the Media Covered It: Right-rated outlets often framed the news negatively, while others didn't. ZeroHedge (Lean Right bias) called it "alarming." National Review News (Lean Right) said the trend "will have significant consequences for American society" and the economy. Some left-rated sources framed coverage around the drop in teen births or rising maternal mortality rates. The Wall Street Journal (Center) said the data "reflects a continuing trend as American women navigate economic and social challenges that have prompted some to forgo or delay having children."

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