NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 25, 1973
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(Studio) ZPG stands for zero population growth. United States families decreasing in size and ZPG in country possibility.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(DC) Last year United States had lowest population growth in its history. Ellen Peck and husband have no children. She has written book on how people are happier with no children. [Ellen PECK - discusses advantages of having no children.] [William PECK - says more people now willing to accept idea of couples being childless.] Later marriages, high divorce rate, easy access to contraceptives, liberal abortion laws, all contribute to decision to have fewer children. If present decrease in population growth continues, population would continue to increase slowly for about 60 years By yr. 2035 United States population would level off. Are fewer children in schools now, and baby products companies feeling effects of declining birth rate.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen
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