Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/30/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

Teen births fall to record low, older births up slightly.

The teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. has fallen to a historic low, falling ten percent in just one year. Experts attribute the trend to the poor economy. They also noted that birth rates for older women were up slightly.

There are fewer babies in the US today, experts blame the economy.

There are fewer babies in the US today, experts blame the economy.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

5/30/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: birth rate, USA, teens, older, babies, abortion, contraception

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to government statistics, aggregated by the Centers for Disease Control, the birth rate for U.S. teens fell ten percent to 26.6 births per 1,000 teens ages 15-19. Births among younger girls, ages 10-14 dropped to 0.3 per 1,000.

Experts are attributing this decline to better education and awareness as well as to the long-running recession from which Main Street can't seem to recover. As family incomes drop, so too do birth rates.

Every baby deserves a chance at life. Help us deliver that chance.

There is also a likely correlation between contraceptives and abortifacients their ease of access for children, despite public, moral and health objections to such practices. The government statistics did not cite a reason for the decline.

Is abortion to blame for the decline in the American birth rate?

Thankfully, the abortion rate is the lowest is has been since 1973. However, this silent form of killing has simply moved from the clinic to over-the-counter as various abortifacients and chemical contraceptives become readily available to women, even children. This was not mentioned in the report but is probably a significant factor in the present decline, at least as much as the economy.

Other statistics gathered over the long term show a correlation between macroeconomic factors and birth rates, even though correlation is not causation. Demographers have pointed out that dips in the nation's economy are pegged to drops in birthrates. Women are also delaying marriage, home buying and pregnancy as macroeconomic changes occur.

While the majority of births in the nation have been to women in their 20s, an ever-growing percentage of women are having children in their 30s. The birth rate for women having children after 40 is also on the rise, going up by about 1 percent per year for women between 40 and 44.

The CDC report was aggregated from statistics gathered from 1940 through 2013.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Health

America drinks less soda: The soda industry sees an all-time-low in sales Watch

Image of The soda industry is changing.


Around five years ago, the soda industry fought back against Mayor Michael A. Nutter's proposal of imposing soda taxes in Philadelphia. Soda lobbyists back then organized protests and came up with campaign contributions to local politicians, with the assistance of ... continue reading

5 things people need to know about breast cancer Watch

Image of


Breast cancer is the most prevalent kind of disease that has been affecting women from all over the world. The World Health Organization estimated around 508,000 women die of this disease every year.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While some women fall prey ... continue reading

Early detection test can lead to breast cancer diagnoses before cancer appears Watch

Image of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


A recent study may make it possible to detect breast cancer before the disease develops. Researchers clarified, however, that the study was based on genetic changes from samples taken from healthy breasts and cancerous breasts. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading

ACLU sues Catholic hospital over refusal to abort children Watch

Image of The ACLU is insisting that Catholic hospitals abort still-living children.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The ACLU is suing Trinity Health Corporation, a Michigan-based Catholic hospital chain, because the organization refuses to perform abortions. The suit is similar to one brought by the ACLU in 2013, that case was dismissed by a Federal court. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading

Baby born with rare medical mystery thrives Watch

Image of Baby Angelito was born with two tubes for a nose.


Baby Angelito was born with two tubes in place of a nose but his doctors are optimistic about his condition.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Daily Mail reported the medical mystery as well as Angelito's doctors' belief the infant will soon appear normal.The ... continue reading

20-million-year old flea carrying bubonic plague may be real reason dinosaurs went extinct Watch

Image of The Black Death plague devastated entire populations (Interfoto/Alamy)


Preserved in amber, a 20-million-year-old flea is believed to contain an ancient form of one of the world's deadliest bacteria: Black Death.  LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (Catholic Online) - According to the Journal of Medical Entomology, the fossilized bacteria is ... continue reading

Baby born missing majority of skull miraculously beats the odds, reaches first birthday Watch

Image of


Doctors said that Jaxon Buell only had a few days to live after his birth. The boy was born with a rare condition called the Microhydranencephaly, which left the majority of his skull unable to form. Despite the odds, Jaxon is strong and recently celebrated a milestone ... continue reading

New dangerous cluster of Legionnaires' disease reported in the Bronx Watch

Image of Legionnaires' disease is a lung bacteria that causes flue-like muscle pain, headaches, fevers, drowsiness, chills and in some cases delirium.

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new cluster of Legionnaires' disease has been reported in the Bronx and is not related to the cluster outbreak in the Bronx earlier this summer that left 12 dead. NEW YORK CITY, NY (Catholic Online) - Fox5ny reported seven cases of Legionnaires' disease in the ... continue reading

Why fidgeting may actually be good for your health Watch

Image of


When you feel like fidgeting, don't worry about whether it's bad for you or not. New research shows that being restless and fidgeting at work can actually be good for your health. HOLLYWOOD, CA  (Catholic Online) - A series of studies showed that long periods of ... continue reading

What you need to know about the developmental process of Influenza Watch

Image of Inflammation associated with infection in the soft palate stimulates the sneezing and coughing. This propels the flu virus out of the mouth enabling it to spread easily.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Influenza, or "Flu," the respiratory ailment that hits hardest during the colder months, first develops on the roof of the mouth. That's the findings of researchers, who note that flu is then spread through coughs and sneezes. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading

All Health News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jonah 4:1-11
1 This made Jonah very indignant; he fell into a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10
3 take pity on me, Lord, for to you I cry all the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 11:1-4
1 Now it happened that he was in a certain place ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 7th, 2015 Image

St. Artaldus
October 7: Artaldus (also called Arthaud) was born in the castle of ... Read More