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Rebel Without an Issue

R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

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Married Couples Who Won't Have Children

Joe and Deb Schum aren't worried about baby-proofing their house or buying a car seat. They don't intend ever to have children. As a matter of fact, they are proud of their childlessness. According to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "The Schums are part of a growing number of couples across the country for whom kids don't factor in the marriage equation."

The nation's birthrate fell in 2002 to a historic low of 66.9 births per 1,000 women age 15 to 44. That represents a decline of 43 percent since just 1960. "Many childless couples," according to the report, "revel in their decision, despite badgering from baffled mothers and friends. Others struggle with the choice before keeping the house kid-free."

An Epidemic

The Schums just don't want kids to get in the way of their lifestyle. They enjoy cruising to the Georgia mountains on their matching Harley-Davidson motorcycles. They love their gourmet kitchen, outfitted with the very latest stainless steel appliances and fashionable countertops. Deb Schum explains, "If we had kids, we would need a table where the kids could do homework."

This pattern of childlessness has caught the media's attention. The left-wing Internet site Salon.com actually published a series of articles entitled, "To Breed or Not to Breed," featuring couples and individuals who have decided that children are not a part of their chosen lifestyle.

Read the entire article on the Touchstone website (new window will open).

Posted: 02-Nov-05



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