The recession is driving American demand for contraception. And for abortions. The media have been rife this past week with stories about the rising number of couples and single mothers doing the math and deciding this is no time to bring a child into the world—not when the economy is depressed, jobs are scarce, and family incomes are dropping. The media have also been rife with stories portraying this trend as something of a tragedy. Let me propose a counter view: It is not. …But in the long run, can we not agree that an unwed couple’s decision not to bring a fourth child into the world when they are having trouble feeding themselves and three children is no tragedy? It’s actually a fact-based, rational decision that in the end benefits the three children they already have and society as well.
I can’t help but think the more bold and extreme my opponents are, the more helpful it is to my cause. I’m sorry, but this gets into the realm of satire. I can see the USA Today headline now: “Why killing a child was the right thing to do in these tough economic times– When Jane Smith lost her job and got pregnant at the same time, she didn’t know what to do. ‘I was worried about feeding my family,’ said the grief-ridden young mother of three. ‘When I killed off my third I realized we would all do better. I felt really bad, but it was the right thing to do…'”by