• There are a lot of reasons. Here are a few that came to my mind while reading the question: - Women in developing countries are less likely to use advanced contraceptives. One, because they don't have the money or means to get them, and two for religious reasons (the Vatikan still thinks condoms are evil, no matter how many people die due to Aids) - People in developing countries need somebody who provides for them once they become too old to look after themselves. The more children you have, the more likely they are to be there for you when you're old. - Many women in developed countries work and have careers. Having chilren is bad for your career, so it's often a bad idea for women in developed countries to have children. - Children in developing countries are more likely to die before reaching adulthood.
    • Glenn Blaylock
      The Vatican also promotes the more traditional idea of marriage being monogamous relationships between one man and one woman and that sex should be saved for after the couple is married. If people we to adhere to this policy, then the incident of venereal disease transmission (AIDS included) would drop to near zero. However, most people don't want to hear that because they don't want to accept the responsibility for their actions. Thus, they condemn those who point this out instead.
  • Lucas_ gives a number of reasons why women in under developed countries have more children than those in developed countries. I would just add that the economic benefit is not limited to just when the parents become too old to work. Children above a certain age can provide labor to help increase the income of the family. They can get jobs in "sweat shops" or help work larger plots of farmland.
  • I think those in more develop country have thing to do unlike those in undevelop country. I also believe those in underdevelop country put stock in family while those in develop country less stock in family and in other things.
  • Lucas makes good points. However, child mortality also plays a part. In developed countries, infant mortality is a lot less than developing ones. Thus a woman has less need to keep popping them out in an effort to have at least one of them survive. Which is interesting because the U.S. ranks 17th in infant mortality.

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