The case for having children

  • Published on Jun 5, 2019
  • In our continuing series, Ideas That Matter, we are looking at the declining birth rate in America. The CDC says the rate is at its lowest level in 32 years. New York Times contributing Op-Ed writer, Wajahat Ali, made his case for having kids in a recent TED Talk that has been viewed more than a million times. He joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss why fewer people in the U.S. are having children and the dangers of underpopulation.
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Comments • 166

  • Jerry Silk
    Jerry Silk Month ago +2

    People are having less children because they cannot afford them.

  • Jerry Silk
    Jerry Silk 2 months ago +3

    A reducing birth rate is very good for the USA in the long run. So not having children is a good thing.
    That is correct, having children is the most expensive luxury. Even in Sweden, the birth rate is declining.

  • Scott D
    Scott D 3 months ago +1

    Sad ma$querade 💔 & child abuse .

  • Greoge Brewer
    Greoge Brewer 3 months ago

    watch the end of the line. what are all these people going to eat when all the fish are gone?????????

  • Roy_Thousand
    Roy_Thousand 4 months ago +4

    Just say "NO" to children!

  • Josh
    Josh 4 months ago +2

    Here's how to have a family. SACRIFICE. I had 4 and stayed home with them for 20 years. Never paid a penny of childcare. We never made more than 45,000 annually during that time. Limited our expenditures, drove old cars. Lived frugal and stayed focused on the family. Oldest went to college on grants and scholarships. Now I'm back working and enjoying the fruits of my labor. Millions do it everyday.

  • Celeste Lehtomaa
    Celeste Lehtomaa 4 months ago

    Does a wild animal think about how much does it cost to reproduce it's species? I'm just saying; if human beings are going to be the top surviving species; get smart with your instincts. Mind you, I thought about how much it cost, because I'm not a wild animal and guess what, it's not what makes a parent but, human parents still should be involved in their families' life and work and give what's due. Any inquiries on the subject matter?

  • Skyline Fever
    Skyline Fever 4 months ago +2

    The middle class can't afford to have children after paying the taxes and inflation on the welfare class.

  • Hgke Gjejwick
    Hgke Gjejwick 4 months ago

    I didn't herd anything about adopting. Made me think that babies are just numbers. I think it's about adopting orphans who are already in this World, help them be prosperous, and if you have the money and emotional intelligence to raise children you can choose to procreate all while being environmentally conscious.

  • Fred Hampton's Ghost
    Fred Hampton's Ghost 4 months ago +10

    Having a child is woefully unaffordable.

    • Jerry Silk
      Jerry Silk Month ago +1

      @Sr. Luis Raytrace III
      Can you be more specific. What are you trying to say?

    • Sr. Luis Raytrace III
      Sr. Luis Raytrace III Month ago

      Boomers shouting entitled millenial. When I was a young person...

    • Jerry Silk
      Jerry Silk Month ago +1


  • Liza'sLucky5
    Liza'sLucky5 4 months ago +5

    People: Don’t have kids if you can’t afford them.
    Me: Sounds good to me.
    At least I can afford a dog.

  • Youre On Stolen Land
    Youre On Stolen Land 4 months ago +1

    Feminists and liberals should never have children. Most children of feminists/leftists parents are mentally ill. That being said, its obvious how much CBS hates children. Soon you will need government approval to have children.

  • prilep5
    prilep5 4 months ago

    USA need YOUTHCARE for all children up to 18 and pregnant women

  • PaiN ExoTiC
    PaiN ExoTiC 4 months ago +8

    Kids are a burden. Say goodbye to your money, freedom/free-time, and sanity. I'd rather take a motorcycle trip across the country, travel to europe for a month, play video games, work in my workshop building cool shet, go offroading with my jeep, and the hundreds of other things you can do if you have a vivid imagination. Life is always interesting and me not having kids affords me the luxury of doing whatever I want, whenever I want.

    • Jerry Silk
      Jerry Silk Month ago +3

      Polis The man,
      The “I” or “me” is equally important as the “we”. Remember, you cannot have the “we” without the “me”. Parenthood is the most expensive luxury and it is not for everybody. It is a choice.

    • PaiN ExoTiC
      PaiN ExoTiC 3 months ago +2

      @Polis The man No problem. Always glad to help ;)

    • Polis The man
      Polis The man 3 months ago

      PaiN ExoTiC thanks for reinforcing my point, STOOPID!

    • PaiN ExoTiC
      PaiN ExoTiC 3 months ago +3

      @Polis The man only difference is that I'm intellectually honest enough to admit it.

    • PaiN ExoTiC
      PaiN ExoTiC 3 months ago +3

      @Polis The man I've got news for you: everyone is selfish.

  • first last
    first last 4 months ago +3

    I HATE children

  • xiangming zhang
    xiangming zhang 4 months ago +1

    An muslim guy having no issue of having more kids, who would have thought of that.

    • Jerry Silk
      Jerry Silk 2 months ago +1

      Even middle income Muslims cannot afford to have more than one child. Poor Muslims cannot afford to have children.

  • Aidee Gonzalez
    Aidee Gonzalez 4 months ago

    Should we support parents with a Paid Family Leave, Affordable Insurance, Subsidized Child Care, Universal Pre K.... half of the population of our country will say No the other half is too busy with the daily grind to push forward any real change. Our reality is that we currently Do Not have any of these things in place or any plans in the foreseeable future. I personally made a choice to have a child. In order to do so I had to save $15k for prenatal and hospital bills (the total cost with insurance was roughly $17k out of pocket). That doesn’t include the cost of a nursery/post natal care for myself or the time my husband/Mother/Sister took from their places of employment to support us. Having a child although incredibly rewarding is difficult and expensive. To say it’s anything else is misleading and not preparing yourself for the realities. This speaker is married to a Doctor and they have the means to provide quality healthcare for their sick child. Until we have the protections and help the speaker wishes the United States would invest in... I wouldn’t recommend having children without a stable, financially prepared and insured home to bring a child, to.

  • Retro MouseX
    Retro MouseX 4 months ago

    🍃🌹Children are a blessing. 🌹🍃

    • Sr. Luis Raytrace III
      Sr. Luis Raytrace III Month ago

      ...just not financially.
      If their where no financial constraints, how many children would we all have?

  • Ayesha Karim
    Ayesha Karim 4 months ago +1

    I want to be able to become a mom. I can have kids up until my early 40s. I am healthy.

    • Mpho Molapo
      Mpho Molapo 4 months ago

      Are you sure about that? Health and fertility don't always mirror each other, healthy girls in their early 20s sometimes cannot. So just get an unbiased 2nd opinion if this is what you really want. *I want you to be successful & healthy!* Take care ❤

  • Tunisia H
    Tunisia H 4 months ago +4

    If I knew then what I know now i never would have done it. As adults, I've actually apologized to them for doing so

    • culversketch
      culversketch 4 months ago

      At least you're more honest than most, and I can respect that.

    • Matt Stewart
      Matt Stewart 4 months ago

      What do you know that changed your mind

  • First Name
    First Name 4 months ago

    Demographic winter propaganda. Chickens are coming home to roost

  • rob see
    rob see 4 months ago +6

    economy sucks, and the courts are stack against men, and climate change (if you believe in it), therefore, there is no case to have children.

    • rob see
      rob see 4 months ago

      @Mystery Monk you may be right, i am not sure about climate change

    • Mystery Monk
      Mystery Monk 4 months ago

      Climate change is a scam, Plastic
      is your worst problem in modern

  • Ricky Mercado
    Ricky Mercado 4 months ago +2

    Hopefully we get that #FreedomDividend from #AndrewYang and you'll see the birth rate sky rocket 😂

  • Phillips Watson
    Phillips Watson 4 months ago +4


  • Mario Johnson
    Mario Johnson 4 months ago +2

    It’s best to have children and let the chips fall where they may, beside the fact it’s fun making them, anyway your children are your legacy. Our stupid country makes it difficult to have children. Heck someone thought enough to have me and I’m thankful.

  • Michael Ray
    Michael Ray 4 months ago

    The decline is because of abortion and homosexuality

  • Jeandré du Toit
    Jeandré du Toit 4 months ago +3

    What use is growing the economy if the biosphere is destroyed by human overpopulation? "When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money." - Alanis Obomsawin

    • first last
      first last 4 months ago

      we will just barbecue liberals and eat them

  • olskoollover01
    olskoollover01 4 months ago

    What the percentage now for teen pregnancy ? And what race is having more babies?

  • Miss Sincere
    Miss Sincere 4 months ago

    It’s expensive to have children. This is what the elites want anyways. Depopulation. Idk what they complaining about. *shrugs*

  • Skyfoxx23
    Skyfoxx23 4 months ago +16

    Case for not having kids.....can’t afford it!

    • Jerry Silk
      Jerry Silk Month ago

      @Sr. Luis Raytrace III
      I am trying to understand what you are really trying to say. Can you be more specific?

    • Sr. Luis Raytrace III
      Sr. Luis Raytrace III Month ago

      All the bourgeois saying, "oh the entitled millenial".

    • Jerry Silk
      Jerry Silk 2 months ago +1


  • Tiffaney the Enchanted
    Tiffaney the Enchanted 4 months ago +4

    Women have more choices now, more than ever before. When men can biologically birth a child then that's a REAL discussion about having kids.

    • Michael Coleman
      Michael Coleman 4 months ago +2

      No biggy. Men will be able to make that decision ALONE in 10 yrs with the Artificial Womb. Egg on the open market sell for $5,000-6,000, which is cheap.

  • Jamail44
    Jamail44 4 months ago

    It's not safe to have kids in America at this point in time, or ever. So much propaganda and lies are and can be passed as truth without being challenged by the "journalists" of today. No fair elections, the media favoring one candidate over another, instead of being neutral. Fear mongering, police brutality, Civil Rights being displayed as political stamps. It's just too much to bring something so pure into the world, and for it to be corrupted. Fix our country, for all of us.

    11STARFIRE 4 months ago +3

    Why is this being discussed? Wajahat Ali should move back to his country of origin and father 20 children and STFU. This appears to be really an ambush to woman and men who have consciously decided to not have children.

  • K Ben24
    K Ben24 4 months ago +17

    There's a selfishness to this life, and if you've been on the losing end of that, you have no desire to replicate it.

    • culversketch
      culversketch 4 months ago

      This is absolutely true. Well said.

    • Apjooz
      Apjooz 4 months ago +2

      Believe it or not victims exist.

    • NicoTNN
      NicoTNN 4 months ago

      wise words

  • Saundra Wills
    Saundra Wills 4 months ago +5

    He is RIGHT, the jobs do not let u stay home, only 6 weeks. Baby sitters a lot of 💰💵. some times ur job let u go.

    • Miss Sincere
      Miss Sincere 4 months ago

      Saundra Wills That’s why you get married and the husband works extremely hard so the Mom can stay home!!!

  • Czarina Trinidad
    Czarina Trinidad 4 months ago +14

    Misery seeks company. I’m still not having babies!

    • Jerry Silk
      Jerry Silk 2 months ago +1

      Czarina Trinidad,
      That is a good thing in not having babies.

    • Wayne Patterson
      Wayne Patterson 4 months ago

      Czarina Trinidad really

  • heat cliff
    heat cliff 4 months ago +2

    ROFL.. family is not good. Friends are enemies. Time change nothing will remain the same. Only baby have baby.

    FRINGE LIFE 4 months ago +1

    My son died at age 3 March 10, 2000. I would rather live with the pain than to have never known him.

      FRINGE LIFE 4 months ago +1

      ​@Cindy Christian His life wasn't in vein. Amen-

    • Cindy Christian
      Cindy Christian 4 months ago

      My God I'm so sorry for your loss! God bless you!

  • Tom G
    Tom G 4 months ago +6

    No, zero case. The population is already way too high. Theres 7 billion people in this world. Instead of the old fashioned idea that one should be encouraged to have a big family, it should be reversed and those that have big families should be looked down on. If this doesnt change, expect living similarly to people in China and India with zero space and living almost ontop of each other. Buildings everywhere, no space.

    • judas brute
      judas brute 4 months ago +1

      actually it's 7 billion 800 million. check out documentary Ten Billion

  • Virginia B. Britton
    Virginia B. Britton 4 months ago +19

    Too poor and too wise.

  • Selina Davis
    Selina Davis 4 months ago +2

    Soooo when you are at the beginning of the video you might be offended but towards the end, his perception is valid

  • Ama. K Ows
    Ama. K Ows 4 months ago +4

    That's not necessary. Immigration is the solution.

  • The Aquarius
    The Aquarius 4 months ago +9

    Is this guy delusional? In China its a crisis that there's too many kids! They literally have a one baby limit. Over a billion people in that country, why would you need more? So they can be born into poverty?

    • rob see
      rob see 4 months ago

      Annemarie Dunn-Morgan based on the insane assumption of infinite growth

    • Annemarie Dunn-Morgan
      Annemarie Dunn-Morgan 4 months ago +1

      @The Aquarius the need is economic. Countries need a work force for economic reasons. So you don't necessarily need an increase in birth rate if you are the recipient of immigrants. You are correct, there are plenty of human beings on this planet.

    • The Aquarius
      The Aquarius 4 months ago +1

      @Annemarie Dunn-Morgan Think about what you're saying. Even if you're correct, why do we NEED more people? Humans population is up hundreds of percent in just the last few hundred years. So why do we need to have more people? What is the goal for that?

    • The Aquarius
      The Aquarius 4 months ago

      @Oliver Allen "China announced the decision to relax the one-child policy. Under the new policy, families could have two children if one parent, rather than both parents, was an only child. "

  • Rosalina Ayala
    Rosalina Ayala 4 months ago +9

    With the GOP in charge anyone with a brain will postpone having kids.

    • Rosalina Ayala
      Rosalina Ayala 4 months ago

      @Fred Hampton's Ghost The donors for both parties are the same. The USA is being run by the Davos group and even if we managed to get rid of Citizens United they would still find a way to buy politicians. USA is a Banana Republic but until Trump became POTUS it was done on a stealth basis. Now it's all out in the open.The democrats will at least stay out of your bedroom. The democrats will at least try and do something about clean air and water. The democrats will at least make sure we don't fall behind in renewable energy.The democrats will at least not start another hopeless war.

    • Fred Hampton's Ghost
      Fred Hampton's Ghost 4 months ago

      Same with democratic party, two-party regime

  • Jay DiBernardo
    Jay DiBernardo 4 months ago +22

    Over 50. No kids. No regrets. No thank you. 'Nuff said.

    • Phillips Watson
      Phillips Watson 4 months ago

      Jay DiBernardo 😎
      NO REGRETS 💃🎵🏃

    • Cindy Christian
      Cindy Christian 4 months ago

      Over 50. No kids. Regret so many things and not having children is one big one! No more talk!

  • Marcus LeeP
    Marcus LeeP 4 months ago


  • Cc Caravaggio
    Cc Caravaggio 4 months ago +1

    That’s why they’re making abortions illegal they’re trying to force women to keep populating and having kids they don’t wanna care for. I know just don’t have sex but that’s never gonna happen.

  • Sandra T
    Sandra T 4 months ago +15

    It's time to stop breeding as we are overpopulating the planet.

    • judas brute
      judas brute 4 months ago

      @Meme Cakes population grows exponentially not linearly which is why population expands greatly, even with declining birth rate

    • Meme Cakes
      Meme Cakes 4 months ago

      Birth rate is down but People are living longer unless you don’t want to leave longer

    • judas brute
      judas brute 4 months ago

      documentary Ten Billion is worth seeing

  • annette lathan
    annette lathan 4 months ago +3

    Until america stops giving all the jobs to hispanic, african, and asian immigtants maybe more americans could afford having kids.

    • Phillips Watson
      Phillips Watson 4 months ago +1

      Jenny Winter 😎

    • Jenny Winter
      Jenny Winter 4 months ago +2

      But Americans won’t do jobs like wiping old butts & picking fruits in 109 degree weather

    • Rosalina Ayala
      Rosalina Ayala 4 months ago +1

      The first move to send jobs overseas happened when Nixon went to China. After that all the manufacturing jobs declined and service jobs were never meant to support families.Stop blaming immigrants! The jobs they take are so badly paid no american could support a family on that pay scale.

  • mr fantastic
    mr fantastic 4 months ago +16

    We consume and destroy, we are a virus to this planet, why bring any kids into this world when all we do is destroy it.

    • L91
      L91 4 months ago

      mr fantastic I am 27. I have had depression since I was 10. Yes I do take meds for it and even had electroshock therapies. Until nothing has helped me. Taking my own life is just the matter of time.

    • mr fantastic
      mr fantastic 4 months ago

      @L91 I went through that in my early 20s, do you take anything for it? How old are you?

    • L91
      L91 4 months ago +3

      mr fantastic got unwanted severe depression.

    • mr fantastic
      mr fantastic 4 months ago +2

      @L91 don't say that, just make the best of what you got

    • L91
      L91 4 months ago +5

      Agree. I wish I was never born.

  • zorazora zorzzora
    zorazora zorzzora 4 months ago +26

    Don’t have children. You can’t afford them...

    • Polis The man
      Polis The man 3 months ago

      zorazora zorzzora hurr hurr durr hurr dont hurr have hurr durr kids hurr

  • Naturally Beautiful
    Naturally Beautiful 4 months ago +69

    Why should I have kids when it is impossible to support them 😂. No thanks

    • Jerry Silk
      Jerry Silk Month ago +1

      You are correct.

    • Roy_Thousand
      Roy_Thousand 4 months ago +4

      Naturally, exactly! Childless life is the best life!

    • Cindy Christian
      Cindy Christian 4 months ago +10

      That's one big reason why there's a birthrate decline because people are broke! The wage economy hasn't had a significant raise from the wealth economy in about thirty years! And Italy is having the same problem. Check out the CBS Sunday morning about the low Italian birthrate.

  • Willie Jones
    Willie Jones 4 months ago +9

    Adoption doesn't factor as an option?

    • Cindy Christian
      Cindy Christian 4 months ago

      @Willie Jones You cannot be further from the truth! I actually campaigned and voted for Hillary! Been a Democrat my whole voting life and I never wavered. Not once! I'm just speaking the truth. How does Trump fit into my agreement that we in the US need more support for young and new parents? There's nothing wrong with adoption I'm just saying that adoption doesn't increase new birth numbers. Actual live births do! Until wages increase in a really significant way then subsities must be given for daycare, for adoption, fertility clinic assistance and of course guaranteed paid parental leave!

    • Willie Jones
      Willie Jones 4 months ago

      Cindy Christian I can almost bet money you voted for Trump. Yet all the initiatives you mention; he is opposed to. Democrats have been talking about these things forever but nope, the religious ones vote against them every time.

    • Cindy Christian
      Cindy Christian 4 months ago

      @Willie Jones Because that's what makes the world go round! No new babies mean the population would come to a stand still, much worst than it is now! I'm all for caring for those that are already here but America has got to make being a parent something desirable! Italy is going through the same thing because they have even less support for parents with young children than the US. They have no daycare, no kindergarten, no school lunch, no latchkey and their wage situation is similar to the US because they say that economics is the reason that couples and single women choose only to have one child or no children at all!

    • Willie Jones
      Willie Jones 4 months ago +2

      Cindy Christian Why do we need more procreation when there are so many that need to be adopted?

    • Cindy Christian
      Cindy Christian 4 months ago +1

      Well that's not increasing the birthrate because you are becoming a parent to a child that's already born. To increase the birthrate they need people to procreate and have new babies!

  • Mz Nurú
    Mz Nurú 4 months ago +10

    I'm getting a midwife. Can't stand hospitals and their money hungry antics and pressure they put on Mothers.

    • Selina Davis
      Selina Davis 4 months ago

      A midwife is located in clinics and hospitals LOL

  • Its ASetUp
    Its ASetUp 4 months ago +27

    Until men have reproductive rights #MonkMode for me.

    • J J
      J J 4 months ago


    • Its ASetUp
      Its ASetUp 4 months ago +1

      K S and to save your self some keystrokes
      Just put up the level like a Chinese restaurant order. Im thinking you will go purple.

    • Its ASetUp
      Its ASetUp 4 months ago +4

      K S your response further proves my point.
      It takes two to tango. But dont worry, science will take that burden from you soon enough.
      But to enlighten you: family court, custody is overwhelmingly given to females, divorce court, child support is paid overwhelmingly by males, we have no choice if the baby lives or dies, only women get to play god. Family court had even tried to go after sperm donors for child support.
      Until then, I choose not to participate. If you look at the MGTOW #s as well as just google “men not having sex” im not alone.

    • K S
      K S 4 months ago

      What rights does a man need? WOMEN carry the child so the reproductive choice is our right.

  • seeking wisdom
    seeking wisdom 4 months ago


    • Sr. Luis Raytrace III
      Sr. Luis Raytrace III Month ago

      "Some think that - excuse the word - that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits. No." - Pope Francis

    B_GINA_MUA 4 months ago

    Omg, a baby with stage 4 cancer?

    • M Hert
      M Hert 4 months ago

      B_GINA_MUA so tragic!!!

    • Wah Tong
      Wah Tong 4 months ago

      B_GINA_MUA the universe is weird.

  • Mary Czarnik
    Mary Czarnik 4 months ago +7

    Third world countries do not now how to stop having babies and then they want to come to the USA to get freebies. Thanks to Obamacare it increased the ins rates and ded, hospitals, doctors etc followed increasing rates.

    • NicoTNN
      NicoTNN 4 months ago +1


    • John D
      John D 4 months ago

      We do not have to worry about Ali's fellow Muslims not having enough children.

    • B_GINA_MUA
      B_GINA_MUA 4 months ago

      Russian troll

  • Rem Rens
    Rem Rens 4 months ago +46

    Thumbs down to that propaganda. Childfree for life. People who tell you to have kids are not the ones who will raise them and pay for them. Also, there are thounsands of orphans. Take care of them if you like kids that much, heh!

    • Polis The man
      Polis The man 3 months ago

      ok so you're going to only focus on yourself and nobody else, maybe its a good thing you wont ever be having kids. cleans out the gene pool of useless idiots such as yourself lul. leave it to actually intelligent people to further the nation and its people without retards like you

    • Tom G
      Tom G 4 months ago +2

      Tor Teo butthurt catholic detected 😂

    • Youre On Stolen Land
      Youre On Stolen Land 4 months ago +1

      @Tom G anyone who isn't procreating has no reason to exist. Bye Felicia.

    • PaiN ExoTiC
      PaiN ExoTiC 4 months ago +4

      Same. Childfree = freedom. I constantly get told by parents about how "jealous" they are that I dont have kids lol. More money, more freedom, more sanity. I can do whatever the heck I want.

    • Tom G
      Tom G 4 months ago +6

      Rem Rens its globalist and trash cultures like catholicism that promote excessive breeding.

  • doomtomb3
    doomtomb3 4 months ago +32

    Until the government pays a family for having children, im not buyin

    • Sr. Luis Raytrace III
      Sr. Luis Raytrace III Month ago

      Tiny financial stipend for a major economic investment.

    • Youre On Stolen Land
      Youre On Stolen Land 4 months ago +1

      You want the government to decide who should/shouldn't have children?

    • Wordlife Wordlife
      Wordlife Wordlife 4 months ago +2

      doomtomb3 I hope humanity dies off, 7 billion people in 150 years is clown level stupid. Most humans are like cows grazing for the government, yet judging others for not participating being used as food.

    • doomtomb3
      doomtomb3 4 months ago +2

      @Wordlife Wordlife and that's exactly why I don't care

    • Wordlife Wordlife
      Wordlife Wordlife 4 months ago +2

      The government want kids for future taxpayers and soldiers