As abortion access expands in places like New York, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new report revealing Americans are not having enough children to sustain the population.
According to the CDC report, the birth rate in 2017 fell 16 percent below the level needed to repopulate the United States.
Researchers determined the steep decline is, at least in part, due to the cost of raising a child on top of the financial pressures many American families are already facing.
South Dakota and Utah were the only states that could adequately replace their populations. Conversely, Washington, D.C., had the lowest fertility rate in the country.
These statistics — released Jan. 10 — come around the same time New York passed new legislation virtually legalizing abortion up until the point of birth. The new law, championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), states a pregnancy can be terminated within 24 weeks “or at any time when necessary to protect a woman’s life or health.”
Following in the Empire State’s proverbial footprints, liberal lawmakers in Virginia, Vermont and Rhode Island have been working to expand access to abortion by legalizing termination at any point during pregnancy.
In Virginia, for example, the proposal propped up by Democrats would allow a woman in labor to make the decision to legally abort her about-to-be-born child.
Asked if a woman showing “obvious” signs of labor — i.e., dilating — could choose to abort her child for her own “mental health,” Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran, a Democrat, replied, “My bill would allow that, yes.”