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Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 11, 2022.

Pope Francis: Low birth rate is a ‘social emergency’

May 12, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Italy, Europe, and the West are impoverishing their futures,’ the pope said. Read more

'Demographic earthquake'? U.S. fertility rates fall again to record-low levels

May 5, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. fertility rate fell by 4% last year to its lowest recorded level, new federal data published on Wednesday... Read more

Image of a child's car seat.

Could car seat laws really be lowering birthrates?

Oct 3, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Could car seat mandates have caused a decline in births in the U.S. in recent decades? A recent working paper... Read more