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By Benjamin Watson, Newsweek, May 19, 2021

Benjamin Watson is a former Super Bowl champion and current vice president of strategic relationships with Human Coalition.

Americans aren’t having kids like they used to. The most recent census shows that the U.S. birth rate has hit its lowest level since 1979. In fact, the birth rate has fallen almost every year since 1991. Today, at just 1.64 births per woman, American families aren’t even having enough babies to meet the replacement rate of 2.1 births.

Our plummeting birth rate is a complex issue, of course. But it presents a unique problem for our country. We need to view this trend as a part of a broad and deeply concerning cultural drift away from the importance of the family.

The family is the fundamental unit of society. A country is only as strong as its cities, cities are only as strong as their neighborhoods and neighborhoods are only as strong as the families that live in them. …

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