I came across an article the other day about living child-free. It was stated that America's birth rate has declined 9% from 2007 to 2011. I find that terribly interesting. I also wonder if it is by choice or by fertility issues due to environmental stresses. Apparently from the article 1 in 5 American women end up child-less. I have two friends who fall into this category. One was very driven by her career and kind of "lost track of time" and the other made a conscious decision with her husband to not have children because she felt that the world was too screwed up to bring a child into. Both of these women are in their 50s now so it is unlikely that they will change their status.
I can somewhat understand the reasoning for the decision not to have children because of the condition of this planet. It is screwed up and I often wonder if my decision to have a child was wrong. My son is not in the best of places but I love him to pieces and feel as if I am leaving a piece of myself behind. I sometimes wish I would have had more children, but my husband and I decided that one was enough. It was further "enforced" for lack of a better word because I had all kinds of problems getting pregnant to the point of even possibly needing surgery to accomplish nature to take its course. Maybe God was telling me something. But whatever the reason, I am happy I have my son and I pray for him every day. It does give me something to live for and I kind of can't picture myself without a child.
I understand completely those women who make this decision, or in some cases have his decision made for them as they are unable to have children. But it seems as if many people cannot accept it. The article goes on to say that many childless women get flack from everyone about it. I suppose that having children is in our human nature to survive, but sometimes ever though our species are designed to procreate, many people I see should have made the decision to be childless rather than neglect the children they have.