My grandmother, God rest her soul, had 11 children. She was pregnant for 12 years straight. When I was pregnant, I gained 80 pounds! Yes, I know. I was swollen, it was uncomfortable and it took me eight years to get back to my pre-birth weight. I cannot imagine how my grandmother felt, but I will tell you that when she died, she did not include any of her children in her will. Why? No one really knows, but my guess is that she never had time to get to know them.
Take a look at this chart created by the Pew Research Center:
Their point in creating the chart was to show how birth rates decline in bad economic times, but the chart says so much more to me. In the 1950s, the average woman could expect to have four children. Today, that number has been cut in half. In the 1960s, only “39 percent of 30-to-34-year olds were employed.” By the 1980s, 70 percent of women with college degrees from the same age group (30-34 years) were working. “The Pill” gave women options. Now, the Obama Administration wants to insure that all women covered under insurance have their birth control covered. Oddly, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) not only considers it a bad idea, he claims it will cause an entire civilization to die out.
Washington is saying that the EPA is killing jobs. If the politicians can only create jobs or maintain them by killing our environment, than they don’t deserve another term. We KNOW that toxins are already present in pregnant women, we know that mercury toxins kill. Why are we silent? Perhaps Carson’s book wasn’t about the silence of wildlife at all. Perhaps the silence referred to us.