Not Enough Mothers! Not Enough Children! Essential Role of Both in Society

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Surge Summary: Mothers play an indispensable role in the well-being of society. There are currently not enough of them – and thus, not enough children. This spells trouble down the road if not turned around.

by The Ruth Institute

As Mother’s Day approaches, Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., observed: “We used to say the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. Today, it would be more accurate to say it’s the hand that saves the world.”

“My 2001 book, Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village, celebrated the importance of the mother-child bond, which helps children develop a conscience and empathy. Without this, children are at risk for a host of social pathologies. Since then, this problem has only gotten worse.”

“And as if that weren’t enough reason to celebrate the essential role of mothers, we now face a demographic crisis. Just to maintain population stability, the average woman must have 2.1 children. America’s fertility rate currently is 1.78.”

“We also have a rapidly aging population. According to the Census Bureau, by 2035, we will have more people over 65 than under 18. Then we’ll have severe shortages of essential workers and not be enough tax revenue to pay retirement benefits.”

“Amazingly, a recent Scientific American article argued that the coming demographic winter will be a good thing,” Morse charged. “Rather than fantasizing about the joys of pristine nature in a depopulated world, we need more children, now.”

“Mothers shape the future. As a birth mother, an adoptive mother, and a former foster parent, I know raising children is hard. But it’s an essential job that ensures a stable future for humanity.”

“As we celebrate mothers, let us pray that their numbers grow, and that they receive the respect and honor they deserve.”

Check out the Ruth Institute’s Motherhood Resource Center for interviews and research on the irreplaceable contributions of mothers. 

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The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has a Ph.D. in economics and has taught at Yale and George Mason University. She is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives, Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook Up World, and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.

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