Ronda Kaysen: Call it recession family planning. With the recession deepening, abortions and vasectomies are on the rise as more Americans decide that now is definitely not the time to add another seat at the dinner table.
Abortion clinics and hotlines are reporting a huge jump in the number of women calling in for abortions, and urologists are filling their schedules with vasectomy appointments. The recession, it seems, has hit the bedroom.
"As more and more women and families are struggling due to the crisis, it's affecting more than just low-income families. Now more middle-class and working-class families are facing the types of problems that we've heard from low-income women," Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, told the Associated Press.
One single mom in Syracuse decided to terminate her pregnancy because she's worried she'll lose her job as a registered nurse. "More so now that we are in a recession ... I felt I had to go through with the procedure because I cannot afford another child," she said. A Colorado woman decided to abort because her landlord was evicting her, as the house was going into foreclosure.
This marks a serious change in family planning. As recently as last summer, experts were speculating about whether a new baby boom was on the horizon. A record number of babies were born in 2007, and celebrity baby-bump watching was all but a national pastime. But that was before the implosion of the economy. Now, with the economic future looking far from rosy, the boom might be all but a thing of the past.
|Ronda Kaysen is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, BusinessWeek.com, Architectural Record, Huffington Post, New York Observer, and AM New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.|