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Feminist Betty Friedan called for a second stage of feminism when she recognized that many women need to invest themselves in marriages and children (as well as in a career) in order to find fulfillment. Yet even Friedan may not be able to stop the forces unleashed by ideological feminism.

Because of abortion on demand and other social forces, Americans are now experiencing the “birth dearth.” Although it is not the sole cause for the dramatic drop in U.S. births, the 1.5 million abortions per year tremendously reduce the number of babies.

In the U.S., the average number of children per family has fallen below two. An average of 2.1 is needed for the present adult generation simply to reproduce itself. It is only because the older generation now passing from the scene has fewer members than the present crop of young adults that births still outnumber deaths.

Collective Suicide

The whole of the developed world faces the same problem. Noted French demographer Pierre Chaunu observes: “The rejection of [marriage and the family] is a recent phenomenon. For the moment, it is limited to the sixth of the world that constitutes the developed nations, the eight hundred million men and women who have decided to commit the strangest collective suicide of history.”

There are two dramatic social changes that contribute to this collective suicide: in France and Scandinavia, fewer people marry; in West Germany and the U.S., they marry but often remain childless.

While no Western nation now attains the average 2.1 children per family that is needed to maintain the population, the figures for West Germany are catastrophic: the average ...

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