Progressives freaking out over uptick in birth rates among families earning money from the fracking industry

Monday, July 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: Jayson Veley
Sunday, July 16, 2017

In March of this year, PJ Media published a piece about a report from the Congressional Budget Office, which found that more babies will be born as a result of the American Health Care Act, because the bill cuts Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood. Strangely, a couple of leftists objected to the idea of more babies in the world.

Vox’s Sarah Kliff responded to the CBO report by warning that defunding Planned Parenthood would have a “severe impact” and leave “patients little options to seek similar care elsewhere.” Vox’s Emily Crockett also responded to the CBO report, warning “if this bill passes, there’s no guarantee that women will have any good options for private insurance coverage of abortion – a procedure that, out of pocket, can cost from $500, for an earlier abortion, to tens of thousands of dollars, for a later one.”

If these leftists objected to the idea of more babies being born as a result of the ACHA, then they better hold onto their hats. A recent piece on explains how fracking is already leading to more births in specific fracking zones, despite the fact that overall fertility rates have dipped slightly.

According to economists at the University of Maryland, every extra $1,000 that was earned at a fracking site resulted in an additional six births per 1,000 women. The connection between fracking zones and birth rates comes after the release of a major CDC report, which explained that fertility rates are generally decreasing as more and more women are choosing to delay having a child until their 30s or 40s.

The authors of the CDC report, Melissa Kearney and Riley Wilson, say that families in rural areas of Texas, Oklahoma, California and Pennsylvania are most likely reproducing at a faster rate because of the feeling of financial security they enjoy as a result of being involved in the fracking business.

Interestingly enough, however, Kearney and Wilson did not find that this baby boom was in any way connected to an uptick in the number of marriages. The report’s authors explained that this is most likely because young parents today are willing to raise children outside of marriages so long as they are financially secure enough, and confident enough, to do so.

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