Family Planning

The U.S. BIRTHRATE in 2000 reached its highest point since 1971, 2.1 CHILDREN per woman, according to a National Center for Health Statistics report released last week. For the first time in nearly 30 years, America has reached its replacement rate--births in the nation are offsetting deaths. This ends three decades in which the U.S. population grew only because of immigration. POSSIBLE CAUSES: A booming economy, which often nudges birthrates, increasing numbers of women having babies in their 40s, and a high rate of fertility among the growing Hispanic population. Only one demographic saw a decline: the TEEN BIRTHRATE is down...

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