Regular Worshippers Have More Children, Author Says

WASHINGTON (April 4, 2013)—Except for those who worship regularly, Americans aren't producing enough children to support elderly retirees and the plunging birth rate and its consequences are documented in Jonathan Last's new book, "What to Expect When No One's Expecting."

The book tracks how the retiring baby boom generation, which embraced contraception and legal abortion, has borne fewer taxpayers to fund Social Security and Medicare.

Last told an audience at the Family Research Council that means either the diminished younger generation will have to be taxed more or retirees' benefits will have to be cut.

Last noted that young Americans also are putting off marriage, reducing their own child-bearing years.

He said government incentives to have children haven't been effective in other nations, but religion has been shown to boost fertility among those who worship every week.

Meanwhile a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Thursday finds that nearly half of young women say the first time they lived with a man, they weren’t married.

The finding is a marked changed from 1995 when only 34 percent said they moved in together compared to 48 percent now.

In 1995, 39 percent said they married first, compared to 23 per cent now.

Experts say the numbers show living together is increasing used as a testing ground for marriage.

About 40 percent of the women who lived with a man went on to marry him within 3 years.

The survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention questioned more than 12,000 women younger than 45 from 2006 to 2010.

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