Kevin Bae

Non-Social in a Socially Networked World

Government COVID-19 lockdowns are effective birth control

It’s like government subsidized pre-abortion. They scared the living shit out of everything with their crazy ass “mask up while have sex” and other nonsense that even though people were locked up in their homes they wouldn’t have sex. This has to be one of the first times in history this has happened. I wonder if this pseudo government sterilization cost less than paying for abortions?

In the early days of the pandemic, jokes about a coronavirus baby boom abounded — surely all this enforced at-home togetherness would mean a jump in the birth rate and big bouncing new cohort of “quaranteens” around 2034, right? But a recent report from the Brookings Institute paints a very different picture: Covid-19 is actually accelerating a decade-long decline in the American birth rate. And this will have long lasting effects on our country as we know it.

The shortage of new babies is staggering. I need new people born because I don’t want to lose my Social Security! I paid into this crappy system and I need fresh blood to supply me with the same courtesy.

For us, in 2021, all those calculations add up to 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births. That’s on top of the steady decline we’ve seen since the Great Recession, with 400,000 to 500,000 fewer births annually.

A beneficial side-effect of lockdowns is lower pre-mature births. It appears people that were already pregnant couldn’t go out to see their doctors and maybe weren’t exposed to tons of bad advice and fear mongering resulting in less stress.

For example, the rate of premature births declined last spring and summer — around the world. Vincenzo Berghella, director of maternal-fetal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, was one of the first to document the phenomenon, using data from his hospital. One possible partial explanation: Telemedicine visits eliminated frequent, inconvenient, time-consuming treks to the obstetrician’s office, which lessened expectant mothers’ stress.

“You’d think the in-person care which we’ve been doing forever is beneficial, but maybe not in some ways,” Berghella said in an interview. “The bottom line is we don’t know why preterm births declined, but most people say this is real. It has been shown in Europe and Asia, as well as the U.S.”

Philadelphia Inquirer