More women than ever are opting out of having kids, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly half of women between the ages of 15 and 44 didn’t have kids in 2014, and that’s the highest number since the government started measuring that statistic, Time reports.
Birth control advances and reform may play the biggest role in the decline. In the 1970s, when the government first started tracking fertility statistics, the Pill had only been around for a decade. Now, it’s widely used, which means women can choose when they want to get pregnant. Fewer teenagers than ever are having babies, thanks to expanded access to contraception.
But some of the urge to go child-free might also come from career pressures — women from 40 to 50 were more likely to not have kids if they were in managerial or professional occupations. And Census statistics…
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