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Why Have Babies?

You may think your reasons for having babies are biblical, but if you’re like me, you’ve absorbed a lot more culture and a lot less Bible than you realize. “Do you hope to have children?” That’s the question I’ve started asking the young married women God brings into my life. It’s not as bold as […]

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The Demographic Cliff

In all the recent debates about U.S. fiscal policy, debt and threats of a fiscal cliff, an underlying problem has received little attention. “Forget the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff, the sequestration cliff and the entitlement cliff,” Jonathan V. Last wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday. “Those are all just symptoms. What America really […]

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A Drought of Children in California

California is the most populous state in the United States, but the number of children there is shrinking, leaving the state “ill-equipped for boomer retirement” according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Birth rates are now below replacement level for whites, Asians and African-Americans. Rates among Hispanics had been high but are now dropping steeply and […]

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The Pill Turns 50–Who’s Celebrating?

I wrote a blog post on Boundless about the 50th anniversary of the introduction of The Pill, and specifically, Dr. Albert Mohler’s commentary about it. In “I Think I’ll Skip the Party,” I quoted Mohler’s commentary. He said, The idea that sex would be severed from childbearing is a very modern concept — and a […]

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When Is a Good Time to Have Kids?

Chelsey emailed us the week before her wedding. She wanted to let us know she’d read Start Your Family, and in her words, We had been unsure about whether or not we would use birth control. I don’t want to take the pill, and honestly, we didn’t want to use birth control at all, but […]

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Men Should Consider Biological Clock as Well

In Start Your Family, I (Steve) talk about the strong urge Candice felt to have a baby and how I got her to “hit snooze on her biological clock.” It’s those potent emotions about having children, as well as a broad range of headlines about fertility and the timing of babies, that make us so […]

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Pelosi Blames Babies for Economic Woes

A mother of five, grandmother of six believes she’s found the cure to what ails our sluggish economy: more contraception. In her defense of adding birth control funding to the economic “stimulus” plan, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce […]

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Rethinking the Pill

Carl Djerassi is having second thoughts about the pill. That’s not so unusual. Lots of couples start out their marriage using it and later decide to toss it in exchange for the possibility that sex might lead to conception. But Djerassi’s different. He’s the guy who invented the pill. More accurately, Djerassi is the Austrian […]

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The Big Gap

The promise of “planned parenthood” gives the impression that a man and woman have a great amount of control over family building. While there is quite a lot couples can do to control not having children, the implied promise that a planned approach can help couples have the number of children that’s right for them […]

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