Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

New Data on Childlessness Part IV: Marital Status

On to Part IV of  new data on the numbers of childless women put out by the Pew Research Center, (based mainly on combined 2006-2008 data  from the June fertility supplement of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey). Next: marital status.

Pew breaks women into the “ever married” category to include those who are married now or at some point in the past, and those who have never been married. There’s some interesting results for each… Continue reading “New Data on Childlessness Part IV: Marital Status”

New Data on Childlessness Part III: Race & Ethnicity

Now on to Part III regarding new data on the numbers of childless women put out by the Pew Research Center, (based mainly on combined 2006-2008 data  from the June fertility supplement of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey). Next: Race and Ethnicity.

In 1998,  a census study reported that percent of childlessness for white and black women aged 40-44 that had ever been married was.. Continue reading “New Data on Childlessness Part III: Race & Ethnicity”

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New Data on Childlessness Part II: Education

Continuing from Part I on with new data on the numbers of childless women put out by the Pew Research Center, (based mainly on combined 2006-2008 data  from the June fertility supplement of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey), let’s look at specific results on the education variable, which includes some interesting trends.  Continue reading “New Data on Childlessness Part II: Education”

New Data on Childlessness Part I

Pew Research Center  just came out with a new report on the numbers of childless women using mostly data from the June fertility supplement of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (based on combined 2006-2008 data). Let’s first look the overall numbers, then beginning in the next post… Continue reading “New Data on Childlessness Part I”

Laura Carroll, childfree choice

Is It Time for the Rebirth of The National Alliance for Optional Parenthood?

Have you ever heard of the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood (NAOP)? It existed from 1972 to 1982. A non-profit organization, its purpose was to “educate the public on non-parenthood as a valid lifestyle option, support those who choose not to have children, promote awareness of the overpopulation problem.” Continue reading “Is It Time for the Rebirth of The National Alliance for Optional Parenthood?”

Pressures, Judgments, Cruelty and Rejection Still Abound

I ran across again a couple of articles I saw in summer 2009 that are worth a read if you have not seen them. Macleans Canada ‘s “The Case Against Having Kids” by Anne Kingston discusses childfree issues, trends, and gives some recent stats.  What struck me most was the discussion about getting flack for the decision. Continue reading “Pressures, Judgments, Cruelty and Rejection Still Abound”

Justifying the Choice Not to Have Kids

A colleague passed me this piece by Jessica Handler the My Turn section of  Newsweek earlier this year, “I Won’t Roll the Biological Dice.”  Ms. Handler decided not to have children because she knew she had a 67% chance of passing on an illness that was responsible for her sister’s death. Most of the comments from the piece… Continue reading “Justifying the Choice Not to Have Kids”