Recent studies show that birth rates America in 2006 were at an all time high since 1961, the end of the baby boom. In 2006. the U.S. welcomed more than 4.3 million babies into the world! Figures suggest that there was an increase in births among almost every age, racial and ethnic group.
I find this news exciting! While there are many reasons as to why birth rates have increased; fewer abortions, larger overall population, less use of contraceptives, greater share in child rearing and home maintenance among partners, and more, I hope that the underlying reason is that women and couples are choosing to turn their focus on their families. Hopefully the message from this "boomlet" is a statement of pro-life and pro-family. I'll write more about the issue of pro-life in the coming weeks as the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Sanctity of Human Life Sunday are right around the corner.
What a positive way to start out the new year with news of so many lives being born!