For John, BLUF: Demography is destiny. More important, when comparing costs, look at the 3rd and 4th order effects. Nothing to see here; just move along.
The International New York Times has an article looking at who pays what when it comes to birth control. This item was sparked by some assertions when the Hobby Lobby Case was heard by the US Supreme Court. The article, by Austin Frakt, a health economist with several governmental and academic affiliations, is here. The headline is "Does Birth Control Coverage Pay for Itself? Maybe Not".
Missing in the discussion is the cost of not producing enough offspring to sustain the population. If we find ourselves with a decreasing population in the out years we will not be able to sustain some of the Government services we now think of as normal.
Here is the link to a blog within the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, where Mr Daniel Hannan tells us "Europe is dying, says France's leading demographer, and Britain would be better off with the Anglosphere". Here is an extract.
It's important to understand that this decline is not a temporary blip. Although the euro crisis has accelerated Europe's slide, the underlying problem is demographic. Put simply, fewer and fewer youngsters are supporting more and more retirees. Europe's working age population peaked in 2012 at 308 million, and will fall to 265 million by 2060. The ratio of pensioners to workers will, according to The Economist, rise from 28 per cent to 58 per cent – and even these statistics assume the arrival of a million immigrants every year.Just as there are "breeders", there are "free loaders". However, if there are too many free loaders the free loading will stop and suffering will ensue. No woman should be forced or coerced into having children, although Governments should be free to offer economic incentives to have children. But, decisions have consequences, both individually and collectively.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff