Hot on the heels of last month’s fertility scaremongering about ovarian reserve came a new scare for women planning to start their families later, this one about autism. Once again, reporting on it ignored essential facts and skewed the takeaway.
But society as a whole benefits when all citizens who want them can have kids when they’re ready–at the most basic level because we need a next generation of workers, but at another level because we want our citizens to be happy–for charitable reasons and more pragmatically because families are often an important part of what people work for, at whatever point they start them.
Here’s a link to a report from the CDC out today on the global rise in later motherhood. Exciting to be cited as a reference! And here’s another link to a related story in USA Today, including some input from