The Covid Baby Bust

The Decline Reflects a Disturbing Cultural Reality

At the start of the pandemic, many expected the lockdowns and quarantines to lead to a "baby boom." Instead of a "boom" it's been a "bust." As CBS reported, records from more than two dozen states show a "7% drop in births in December—nine months after the first lockdowns began."

While 7 percent may sound like a small dip, it's not. As the New York Times puts it: "The pandemic's serious disruption of people's lives is likely to cause 'missing births'—potentially a lot of them. Add these missing births to the country's decade-long downward trend in annual births and we can expect consequential changes to our economy and society in...

 

John Stonestreet is president of the Colson Center and co-host of BreakPoint, the daily commentary on culture begun by Chuck Colson.

Roberto Rivera is a Senior Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center and a columnist for BreakPoint.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #57, Summer 2021 Copyright © 2021 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo57/the-covid-baby-bust

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